First I want to thank everyone who read and shared my last post, the Problem of Prejudice, the Purpose of Anger, and the Power of Social Media. It quickly became the most shared post ever in the history of my blog, and it’s still being reposted, so thank you! I’ve appreciated the positive feedback that I’ve gotten from many of you. One initially unexpected comment I got repeatedly, but is less surprising now that I’ve reflected on it, is that it was really challenging to actually follow through on the prompt to share about your own experiences with stereotypes. But if you are familiar with my philosophy on personal growth, that’s really a good thing, because it’s insight and self-awareness that is the beginning of real change. From that standpoint, I think that thinking about our own beliefs – how as people we are different and how we are the same, and being conscientious of how those beliefs shape our behaviors – I think that’s one of the goals I was trying to accomplish anyways. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read or share, because it’s such an important topic, I hope that you’ll still find the time to do so. Nudge, nudge.
Another goal of mine was to redeem the emotion of anger, the feeling that we’d rather not invite to the family get together – both metaphorically and literally. For many of us, anger is a “bad” feeling. It’s primitive. It’s weak. It’s immature. It’s never productive. It’s always a mistake. However, none of this is true.
I had the privilege of being a guest on a podcast, Authentic Moments, with parenting expert and coach, Anna Seewald. And guess what we talked about? Anger. And how it’s a good thing. Including in your relationships. What?
There’s three ways to listen: on iTunes, Soundcloud, or click the embedded audio below. You can also download the whole podcast for listening later from iTunes and Soundcloud as well.
Even if you are not a parent, it’s worth a listen because we talk about emotions, anger, and empathy in general ways that would apply to all of our relationships. If you are a parent, we also talk about specific examples as to what the application of these ideas looks like, including in an angry interaction I had with my own son. Curious? I hope you’ll take a listen.
As always, I love to hear your feedback. And as always, I appreciate you sharing what you’ve learned with your friends and family.