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Old 01-29-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Are you or have you ever....

been a prisoner of your own anger?

How do you get out of that prison?
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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Because you are asking the question
you may find the answer



and yes,
I have been a prisoner
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I have been and sometimes I think I am. Does that make sense?

Sometimes a good cry can cleanse you.

I'm still trying to learn to stop getting angry over the little things. It all stems from me being too impatient with people and how people nowadays have no concern over anyone or anything.

Eek, I think I rambled on a bit.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:36 PM   #4
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[Q]''We accuse. We justify. We blame the police. Parents are blamed for poor supervision. We point the finger. If we get stuck . . . we can't heal. We are prisoners to our own anger."[/Q]

A quote from my minister who will be appearing on Paula Zaun tomorrow night.

It was a part of a funeral a few weeks ago and continued in her sermon today.
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We are prisoners of our own sense of powerlessness. Maybe it's the same thing.
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I get upset over trite and stupid things, so yes, I can definitely be a prisoner of my anger.
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[Q]''We accuse. We justify. We blame the police. Parents are blamed for poor supervision. We point the finger. If we get stuck . . . we can't heal. We are prisoners to our own anger."[/Q]

A quote from my minister who will be appearing on Paula Zaun tomorrow night.

It was a part of a funeral a few weeks ago and continued in her sermon today.
Sounds like anger is defined in terms of our inability or unwillingness to accept personal responsibility.

It is seductively powerful and a difficult cycle to break.
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exercise.

accepting that there are some things we are powerless to affect or change, that everything is 50% chance, and that bad things happen to good people. (and when someone figures out how to do that, please let me know).

hope you feel better soon.
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A long walk w/ my discman

An hour on the trampoline

Focusing on the "big picture" (thus, the pointlessness of my anger)
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while anger is ultmately a negative emotion, it can inspire good works.

it also probably means that are you are a very good, compassionate person.
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Anger is often a reasonable response to injustice, social or personal. Like Irvine said, it can be a powerful motivator for good. But it can eat at you and can destroy you unless you can find a way to channel it. That channel is not always easy to find, to overcome that feeling of powerlessness when whatever you try hits a brick wall, when that injustice happens to those you love, when you try to do busy work to feel useful knowing it is not accomplishing anything.

Perhaps that's not the point of Dread's post, but I'm relating it to an earlier thread of his that affected me tremendously.
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while anger is ultmately a negative emotion, it can inspire good works.


channel the anger into something productive.

anger can be a great motivator.
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I suppose I may be getting closer to accepting the things I cannot change, but at times, this makes me angry too.

When you know something is so inherently wrong and yet one can't truly change it because of the lack of power or resources.

It's frustration I think, that manifest itself in anger and there is such a fine line between the two and it hard to tell the difference.

Anyway, I don't know the answer. I just pull on every resource I have from faith to doing what I can and hope for the better outcome.
Lately it's been more music and laughter than the news and negativity which I've had to remove myself from..
(but still can't seem to fully get away from)

I'm still working on the wisdome to know the difference, part.
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I suppose I may be getting closer to accepting the things I cannot change, but at times, this makes me angry too.

When you know something is so inherently wrong and yet one can't truly change it because of the lack of power or resources.

It's frustration I think, that manifest itself in anger and there is such a fine line between the two and it hard to tell the difference.

Anyway, I don't know the answer. I just pull on every resource I have from faith to doing what I can and hope for the better outcome.
Lately it's been more music and laughter than the news and negativity which I've had to remove myself from..
(but still can't seem to fully get away from)

I'm still working on the wisdome to know the difference, part.


Very well said.

I read a book called The Dance of Anger once long ago and it was very good. I learned to funnel my anger into more productive means and to let go of things I could not control (which does lead to frustration, then anger, etc...). Patience is also a virtue. I think we all learn this if we become parents and as we mature and grow older.
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Life has to have balance,and anger is part of that balance.A natural feeling....Its how you handle anger is what matters most.
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