Have I developed anger?

Depiction of various angry moments or moods

 Ravi Speaks:


UPDATED ON 12.03.2024

Have I developed anger?




For the past quite some months in my post-retired life, I have realised that I have developed a short-tempered nature, which, of course, reflects the ‘ANGER’ as the essential constituent. Being short-tempered, of course, has been an essential ingredient in my personality for many years, as I have been observing within me, but getting angry for a trifle thing while in the market, traveling, or even in busy areas like the mall, etc. seems to have ingrained deep into my behavioural expressions recently.

Recently, I was in the ‘Reliance Mall’ with my wife here in Gurugram, and because of the festival season, there was a very heavy rush. After doing our purchases, I selected a lane where the number of people ahead of me was the least and I could get an earlier chance for the payments to be made. Suddenly, a gentleman with some items in his hand surpassed all of us in the queue and told the cashier to clear his bill first. People in the queue objected to this act and told him to come in the queue. He did not agree, and even the cashier obliged him. I realised that all the people in the queue were getting befuddled by his act, and I lost my cool and shouted at him to come in line. Still, that man cleared his bills and went off, showing all of us in the queue his triumphant stance as if we in the queue were all fools. I shouted even at the cashier and asked him why he did the wrong thing to entertain him out of the turn. The cashier did not get bothered at all with all our shouting and continued his usual work. I became furious and started speaking out loudly against the cashier. After some time, I realised it was just an exercise in futility to raise such issues in a highly crowded place, especially in the condition where the officials were helping the people carry out such wrong acts. This was a small trigger to one’s anger content within.


Uncontrolled anger can be problematic for your relationships and

 your health.

Many things can trigger anger, including stress, family problems, and financial issues. For some people, anger is caused by an underlying disorder, such as alcoholism or depression. Anger itself isn’t considered a disorder, but anger is a known symptom of several mental health conditions.

Anger Management.


I should adopt many anger management methods, including:

I realised I should follow the set rules in such a way that I could lose my temper at any time since anger seems to have embedded deep into me of late. I should try to control myself and recognize what makes me angry. I should realise how to deal with triggers without becoming aggressive. I should immediately realise when my thoughts were to become irrational looking at that triggering situation. I must also teach myself and exercise how to get relaxed in such volatile situations and try to have an ever-cool temperament when I start feeling angry in the future. If I do this sort of exercise, I will think as if I have learned effective problem-solving techniques to handle anger.




One of the main reasons for my being in such a sudden angry mood, perhaps, is my being a free man with no specific engagement or work after getting retired. I have developed certain habits now that I feel are the result of my having no special assignment for myself. Trying to talk to some of my selective friends on the phone well across the entire country, or sometimes across the country as well. This may be one habit developed to use the free time. I was doing certain works in my household where I could have attended to them later as well.


Expression of anger burst.


Three types of anger help shape how we react to a situation that makes us angry. These are passive aggression, open aggression, and assertive anger. If I am angry, the best approach is assertive anger, and I feel that is exactly what I naturally pose as assertive, even in my expression of anger.

Incidentally, I don’t want to go into details, as one can write volumes on anger creation and anger management. But one thing as a lesson, especially for my friends who are sailing in the same boat of post-retired life, is that just as we do morning aerobics or even a morning walk, we must also try to do simultaneously certain self-correcting exercises, which may or may not be extensive calorie-burning exercises. For example, we must think properly before passing on any suggestions, which might cause an unpleasant taste amongst people and act as an anger trigger.

We must express our anger only when we feel we can tackle that well and are in a calm temperament. Aerobics may be lighter ones which would also ease off our stress and strain on our inner selves. Whenever any such provocative situation arises where we might lose our calm and get angry-we must try to put a sensible thought about what could be the causative factor responsible for such a situation. We talk that time thoughtfully with a measured filter. We must always try to attain a witty and humourous self so that such situations are wiped off with a release of tension and happiness.


















Finally, I also have what they call healthy anger. Healthy anger is expressed with little or no vindictiveness. It is not about being vengeful, having power, or hurting another (verbally or physically). Perhaps the clearest indicator that your anger is healthy is if it leaves you feeling OK about yourself and the other person once expressed.










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