New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief

Breaking the Anger Cycle: A Study Challenging the Popular Notion That Expressing Anger Relieves It

Dr. Sofi Kerwick and her team of researchers set out to challenge the popular notion that expressing anger is an effective way to cope with it. Instead, they aimed to show that reducing arousal is a more beneficial method for releasing tension. Their study analyzed over 154 research studies involving over 10,000 participants from various genders, ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

The results were clear: activities that heightened physiological arousal and body heat did not alleviate feelings of stress and anger; in fact, they often exacerbated them. On the other hand, activities like deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and taking a time out were found to effectively reduce anger.

One interesting finding was that running was actually found to increase feelings of anger, contrary to popular belief. Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University led the research team and emphasized the importance of dispelling this myth. He noted that while certain physical activities may be beneficial for the heart, they are not the most effective ways to manage anger.

Bushman added that angry individuals may feel the urge to vent their frustrations through intense physical activity, but scientific evidence suggests that engaging in vigorous activity only strengthens aggression in the long run. Therefore, it is essential to recognize that while venting anger may provide temporary relief, it does not address the root causes of anger and may ultimately perpetuate aggressive behavior.

In conclusion, expressing anger is not always an effective way to cope with it. The study showed that reducing arousal through various relaxation techniques can be more beneficial in releasing tension than breaking things like glass or electronic devices. It’s important for individuals struggling with anger issues to understand this concept and seek professional help if necessary.


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