Many become angry over issues of inequality, unfairness and injustice. It is natural to become angry over these things. However, it is important to control anger that turns to destructive action. The old adage of an eye for an eye justice needs to be avoided. When someone is treated unfairly, or feels they have been treated unfairly, disgust and discontent grow. When those emotions or needs are not met, then anger can erupt. Sometimes, the injustice is objective, but in many cases, one’s idea of fair or not fair is very subjective. The response from individuals can be destructive and outweigh the abuse itself in some cases.
The ideal that a man must correct wrongs is a common male image. It is found on television and pop culture but it is something society has dismissed long ago with the social contract. When injustice occurs, or a perception of unfairness, individuals surrender revenge to the state to find neutral justice. A justice that objectively is diagnosed without bias.
Unfortunately, when the state fails to correct injustice, and the social contract fails, one can see large and sometimes violent movements.
The article, “An Eye for an Eye” by Aaron Karmin looks at how anger and revenge are detrimental to society and how individuals must learn to control the emotion of anger when confronted with unfairness. He states,
“Unfairness is linked to anger, but as mentioned earlier, anger is a secondary emotion, What is felt first, the primary emotion, is powerlessness, disrespect and/or resentment. It’s like pushing a button on a computer. Talking about the problem stimulates emotions and allows them to pop to the surface to see the connection between yesterday and today”
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