The instinctive natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats; it inspires powerful, often aggressive feelings and behaviours, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves when we are attacked. On the other hand, we can’t physically lash out at every person or object that irritates or annoys us. Laws, social norms and common sense place limits on how far our anger can take us. People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings. The three main approaches are expressing, suppressing and calming. Expressing your angry feeling in an assertive — not aggressive – manner is the healthiest way to express anger. Being assertive doesn’t mean being pushy or demanding; it means being respectful of yourself and others. Anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. This happens when you hold in your anger, stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive.
- Which one of the following places limits on how far we can take our anger?
(a). Behaviour (b). Law
(c). Feelings (d). Instinct
- How, according to the author, can one suppress anger?
(a). By thinking about one’s anger (b). By holding one’s anger
(c). By redirecting anger (d). By converting anger
- According to the author, how should people deal with their anger?
(a). Express it assertively (b). Expressing unconsciously
(c). Expressing consciously (d). Express it aggressively
- What does the author mean by being assertive?
(a). Being demanding (b). Being respectful
(c). Being pushy (d). Being calm
- How does a person naturally express anger?
(a). By adapting strong behavior (b). By defending oneself
(c). BY inspiring powerful feeling (d). BY responding aggressively
Ans.: – 1. (b) 2. (b) 3. (a) 4. (b) 5. (d)