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Dr. DeFoore's Healing Anger Newsletter entitled "Why Anger Is Not Good For Communication"
January 15, 2018

Why Anger Is Not A Good Communicator
And What To Do About It

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January 15, 2018
Healing Anger Newsletter, Issue #116

Contents Of This Newsletter

(In case these links don't work on your mobile device, click here to read the newsletter on the web with full functionality). Note: This newsletter is an updated version of the August, 2013 issue.

How Anger Interferes With Communication

Most people just don't want to hear your anger, or what you're angry about. Why is that?

It's because most (unhealthy) anger is just complaining. If you're really honest with yourself, you will probably admit that you don't want to hear anybody complain, so why would they want to hear you? The only time somebody might want to hear your anger is if it fuels their own anger, which doesn't do you any good.

Let's look at how this works:

  • Anger is a protective emotion, that arises when you feel threatened or opposed.

  • So anger is objection, complaint, push back or plan of attack.

  • Because it arises when there is a threat or perceived threat, you might say anger is a "pushing away" emotion, designed to create distance between you and others.

  • If we agree that the purpose of communication is to create a bridge, a connection that fosters understanding and the exchange of information, then it's clear that unhealthy anger simply does not serve the purpose of communication.

"Unhealthy anger creates a defensive reaction, and shuts down the ability to listen and respond effectively."

William DeFoore

So why do people try so often to communicate with anger? Good question!

It is simply out of frustration and a sense of helplessness, or the belief that "they won't hear me any other way."

Anger comes out of the emotions of fear and pain, and it's supposed to solve a problem...yet it often only makes the problem worse.

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What People Really Want To Hear From You

If the other person's not looking for someone to jump on their anger bandwagon, they really don't want to hear about your anger.

People are by nature smart, good, and problem solvers, as hard as that might be to believe's true.

So, what they want to hear from you is:

  • Humor. Most people like hearing a good joke, or a funny quip at nobody's expense.

  • Some interesting new information you've found about how somebody is making the world a better place with technology, kindness or innovation.

  • Solutions you've discovered to some problem you've been working on, especially if it's a solution the listener might be able to use.

  • People also like to hear supportive, encouraging statements about themselves.

You're too smart and healthy to go around complaining and being angry. Start focusing on what is good, right and working in your life, and you'll see things starting to get better...if you stick with it.

Become a problem solver and a Goodfinder, and you'll find people much more interested in what you have to say, and good communications will grow in all of your relationships.


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