I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I used to have a pretty bad temper. A temper so bad, you’d think I had horrible parents. And that couldn’t be further from the truth; my parents are wonderful, caring, kind and extremely understanding people. Naturally, they bore an evil (teenage) daughter who only realised the error of her ways when she met a boy from a faraway land. But this isn’t about our story.
As someone who always chose to be aggressive in the past (not that I knew it at the time but I’ve since learned that it is a choice you make), I understand how easy it seems sometimes. But as someone who now always chooses (or at least tries to choose) to be patient, I can assure you it’s much easier to remain calm. You feel less stressed, you get less headaches, you get heartburn less often, you get sick less often, you can probably give up smoking more easily (I say probably because I’m not a ‘true’ smoker so I can’t say for sure) and people will always find it pleasant to be around you.
I know it’s hard to remain calm when someone else is already shoving their anger down your throat, but you can do it. Just take a few seconds, take a few deep breaths, and think about something that always makes you happy. While this can result in the other person getting even angrier than before, the hope is that they too will calm down so you can both deal with the situation like the adults that you are. The key is not to condescend them in anyway while you remain calm. Besides if you’re doing that you’re being passive-aggressive, and look there’s that ‘a’ word again.
There are a lot of reasons why I decided to write a post on this issue. I drive almost every day, and I get to watch road rage rear it’s ugly head for the stupidest reasons. Even online, people feel the need to express themselves aggressively when they find someone with an opinion different to theirs. I’m sure I could go on with examples but I’d really rather not.
I’m not saying that we can’t ever get angry, there is a time and a place to be angry. But you don’t have to be aggressive in showing it. Why can’t you be angry without yelling? Or why can’t you be angry without demeaning someone? Why can’t you be angry without disrespect someone? There are ways to be angry, and show your anger without being aggressive. This was a really hard lesson for me to learn, and I’m still trying to gather my thoughts on how I was able to make the change in my behaviour. But I think that it’s something that’ll be worth your while to explore, even if only for your peace of mind.
How do you feel about aggression?