Anger bursts can boost career prospects, better personal life

March 1st, 2009 - 12:20 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 1 (ANI): If you want to rise in your profession and attain true happiness, then get angry. Thats the conclusion of a new study which suggests staying cool can damage a persons career and lower his or her satisfaction in life.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which included 824 men and women, found that those who bottle up their frustration are at least three times more likely to admit they had hit a glass ceiling in their careers and have disappointing personal lives, reports The Guardian.

On the other hand, the study, which tracked volunteers lives since 1965, found that those who learned to harness and channel their anger were far more likely to be professionally well-established, as well as enjoying emotional intimacy with their closed ones.

Professor George Vaillant, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, said: “People think of anger as a terribly dangerous emotion and are encouraged to practise ”positive thinking”, but we find that approach is self-defeating and ultimately a damaging denial of dreadful reality.

“Negative emotions such as fear and anger are inborn and are of tremendous importance. Negative emotions are often crucial for survival: careful experiments such as ours have documented that negative emotions narrow and focus attention so we can concentrate on the trees instead of the forest, the expert added.

Vaillant maintains that, while uncontrolled exhibitions of anger are destructive, learning to positively channel anger serves a vital role in peoples wellbeing. Internalising the emotion can cause depression, health problems and communication difficulties. (ANI)

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