Hi, it’s Jasmyne with Relate Family Therapy in Centennial, Colorado. Anger is often a great armor. In therapy sessions I have people come in and say they’re angry. In life we have people that we know that will talk about how angry they are and how upset they are. It’s easy to say that you’re angry. Being angry is an easy emotion to talk through because it’s safe. People are okay with you being angry. When you come in and say you’re sad or that you’re scared or that you really have something going on that has a deeper connection, people often don’t know how to process that and aren’t sure where to go and what to do with it. So being angry becomes our armor. When you start to sense that you’re frustrated and angry and really upset with something, I challenge you to look underneath the anger and see what’s really bubbling up for you. Are you scared to move forward? Are you in a place where you fear something and you just don’t know what to do next? Are you really sensing that you’re sad or depressed or feeling lonely about something? Being angry is easy, and it’s often one of those things that we can do without thinking. If you take a moment to go underneath that anger and check in with yourself to really see what’s coming up, you might find that there’s something completely different that’s under that anger. If you can get to that, and you can work through that, then you might be able to get through the anger, as well. Sensing that there’s more to it and moving past the armor can help you.
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