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Angry Kya? It’s a global phenomenon now!

World over, aggression and fury is consuming the human race and we are more angry than we used to be. From political discourse to outrageous outpouring on social media and the online petitions filed, these are indicative of people being enraged now, more than ever. The Global Emotions Report 2019 by Gallup mentions that the levels of stress were at a new high across the world, while levels of worry and sadness also increased. According to the report, Paraguay has the highest Positive Experience Index score worldwide while Chad is the most negative country in the world. 
 
Inequality is one of the primary causes for anger apart from work stress and lack of work-life balance in today’s world. High levels of inequality and massive amounts of wealth concentrated only in a hands of few, depicts a map of history where one can see the spikes of rage roughly every 50 years: 1870, 1920, (beginning in 1968) 1970 and next being (beginning in 2018) 2020. While all cycles of violence have not been unproductive such as the civil rights movement or the voting rights for women, some evolve due to economic inequalities. Today’s world or the modern world economy is plagued with stagnation which corresponds with massive unrest. 
 
Additionally, social media has given us a platform to pass on our anger to every other area of life. From Twitter wars to the online trolls, everyone wants to direct their unprocessed anger towards someone. For instance: The Arab Spring which emerged from an online movement and became a massive offline movement also was brimming is infectious anger. However, initiatives such as Avaaz have used this anger for positive change as most people filing these online petitions are enraged with an unjust story around them.
 
Dr. Charles Stanley who wrote the Book, Surviving in an Angry World, says “The emotion of anger not only wounds those it targets, but also destroys the hearts of those who nurture it.” In recent years, many studies have shown that people who have difficult understanding and controlling their anger have problems with nearly every aspect of life, from their health and sleeping habits to their relationships with others and their basic every day functions. “Every person who knows someone with anger issues risks being victimised by their anger. So, you might have an angry boss, or an angry parent or an angry teacher or an angry co-worker – and in some way their behaviour and anger affects you,” says Dr. Meenakshi Joshi, a psychologist. 
 
Unfortunately, anger is contagious and addictive. According to a study, every time one feels angry, there is a physiological science experiment going off in your brain each. “Since anger is one of the most primal human emotions, the body experiences an adrenaline rush when you are angry, which also releases dopamine. Over time, if you are constantly feeling angry, you can pretty much bet that you have become addicted to the chemical responses from your brain,” mentions the study. 
 
Dr. Joshi says that anger is natural and when handled correctly can lead to some pretty amazing things in your life. “If you utilise your own anger to fix situations rather than meet the needs of some adrenaline fix, you will survive just fine,” she adds. Additionally, being angry also has devastating consequences on your health. Not only that but it also pollutes the social sphere and society as a whole. Therefore, identifying the triggers which make you angry and learning to have a control over your response to anger could hold the key. “Instead of funnelling your anger to create problems, try to make it solution-based,” concludes Dr. Joshi. 
 

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