Yes, anger is one of the three basic aversive emotions shared by all mammals. And yes it is about violation of our sense of worth and getting what we want and value. In addition anger relates to power and control. It dramatically influences the other. It manifests physiologically with great rapidity before any cognition takes place. Thus anger occurs when we have the subjective experience of personal violation of our identity, well-being, and core values. Hence, anger often represents a response to hurt, humiliation, degradation, and most importantly shame all of which can lead to the loss of connection associated with these feelings. Anger can be an incredibly constructive force in our lives. Or it can destroy. Anger can be a force for the conversion of energy to our best self or tear our relationships apart.
In this workshop we will explore the function of anger in our lives, what drives it, and most importantly, how we can use anger in the service of our psychological and spiritual development. I will use a short Powerpoint presentation, inner practice, practical exercises, a panel with guided interactions, and discussion. In preparation, reflect on one anger behavior or pattern of resentment in your life that you know would be good for you to change.
2016 IEA Global Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA