Millions of people log on to the internet every day, and man oh man, some of them are really pissed off. Although the majority of people try to keep their comments on blogs, websites and forums civil, there seems to be a growing number of people who just let their anger fly. We’ve seen it ourselves here at Blisstree, and just about every site that dares to opine is filled with angry commenters, too. Debates and differing viewpoints are what most of us hope for, but when that crosses the line into personal attacks, insults and name-calling, it creates a toxic environment on any site.
To find out just why there are so many pissed off people in cyberland, we consulted with Dr. Azadeh Aalai, a professor of psychology at Montgomery College who specializes in anger management and is a frequent contributer to Psychology Today‘s First Impression blog.
Remember the angry moms who demanded that Ben & Jerry’s pull their “Schweddy Balls” ice cream from store shelves because it was considered sooo offensive to their little darlings? Well, they’re at it again. This time though, they want our beloved Ellen DeGeneres fired from being the spokesperson for JC Penney because she’s “openly gay”. If you ask me, these moms and their open negativity and hatred are just bad for our mental health. More
Stop the madness! Summertime is supposed to be a time of lazing around, swinging on hammocks and sipping delightful umbrella cocktails by the pool. Why then do scientists claim that people get so angry right about now? More
Life is hard. It’s supposed to be. If we didn’t suffer we wouldn’t learn a thing. And we’re resilient, we humans. When you lose your job, have your wallet stolen, or trip and fracture your wrist, there is a tendency to deal with it, make the best, and move on. However, when it comes to the eventual demise of your romantic relationship (and let’s face it, all relationships end, in one way or another) it can be especially difficult because you are wounded in a place the pickpocket or the nasty boss couldn’t get to: your heart. You’re allowed to be hurt, angry, sad, and even a little bitter. Those emotions are okay, and they’re natural. What you do with those emotions, however, should be dealt with delicately, because the goal is to heal and move on, not stand still in the past. More
Check out this post about the connection between sugar and anger on That’s Fit.
Those who are trying to lose weight are supposed to lay off the sugar, but are there times the sweet stuff can be good for you?
Reaching for sugary drinks like lemonade may be beneficial to temporarily reduce aggression and anger, according to a study published in Aggressive Behavior. More
Dont miss this post about Booze Creating a Culture of Aggressive, Drunk Women by Emerald Catron on Lemondrop.
Feeling stressed? Out of control? It’s not you — it’s your drinking!
At least, according to British Association of Anger Management. The organization (which is a thing that exists) posits that binge drinking is responsible for an increase in overall aggression among women. The number of women found guilty of murder, vicious assaults or attacks in the U.K. has increased 81 percent in the past 12 years, as has the number of women who admit to hitting the sauce a little too hard. More
Cheer Up, Southpaw. Left-handed people are more prone to negative emotions. (via Mercola Blog)
Mel Gibson is now not just an enemy of humankind, he’s started abusing the plant world as well. On Wednesday, the aggressive actor was questioned by social services, and took out his anger on a nearby tree. But don’t worry … More
Last week, a college friend and I reunited via text. She’d read my recent post on Blisstree, and wanted to talk about her new-ish blog. She said her blog was a great idea because it finally put her “foul mouth … More
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator, producer, and star Larry David has a romantic take on happiness in the new PBS three-part series “This Emotional Life,” which explores relationships, love, anger, and depression. For Larry, joy comes from having money and sex … More