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Dr. DeFoore's Healing Anger Newsletter entitled "Justified Anger"
June 15, 2020

Justified Anger
How To Manage & Express It

justified anger

June 15, 2020
Healing Anger Newsletter, Issue #145
Archive issue from November 2013

Contents of this newsletter

What Is Justified Anger?

Basically, you feel justified in your anger when you know for sure why you're angry. For example, if something has happened to you, or someone has offended or hurt you, you are very likely to feel justified in your feelings of anger.

The only thing is, if you go overboard in how you express your anger, it won't feel justified any more. Here are some more points to consider:

  • Ultimately, all anger is justified, meaning there is always a good reason in there somewhere, if you're feeling angry.

  • If you don't know the reason, then your anger will not feel justified, and you may suppress it, to the detriment of your health.

  • Also, if you express your anger in ways that are harmful to others, you will no longer feel least your actions will not feel justified. For example, you are justified in being angry if someone drives aggressively, endangering your life...but if you shoot them or ram them with your vehicle, then you've become a bigger problem than they were.

  • The bottom line here is that the emotion of anger is always justified, meaning there are always good reasons for feeling angry. However, the action you take in anger is another matter entirely.

I think you get the idea here. It's important to remember that feeling justified can allow you to rationalize destructive and/or abusive behavior, which is never justified.

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What Can I Do About It?

Keep in mind that at some level, in some way, your anger is always justified.

Your body/mind complex is a brilliantly designed organism, and your emotions are a naturally occurring part of this design. But since you probably weren't guided to express your anger in healthy ways, you might feel (like a lot of people do), that your anger is never justified. Here are some steps to take:

  • When you feel angry, always look for the story behind it, and that's where you will find the real reason, or justification for it.

  • The external reason you feel justified might not be the real reason, and that's very important to know.

  • Say to yourself, "I think I'm mad about this situation or person, but what I'm really feeling inside is..." You may find pain or fear in there, which is usually the fuel for anger.

  • Once you have a fairly clear idea of why you're angry, write about that story or those feelings, just to give yourself the opportunity to process. Then use the steps in our FAQ page to do the rest of your healing work.

One of the outcomes I hope you get here is self acceptance and a greater self esteem. Low self esteem and internal conflict are often one of the greatest causes of anger problems.

Just think through these points, and maybe do some journaling, and begin making the all-important distinction between your anger and your actions...they're not the same.

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