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More about Feelings: Anger
More about feelings: Anger
Session VI Text
Understanding Anger
Definition

Anger is one of the most difficult feelings for abused women to confront in themselves and, understandably, in others. Merriam-Webster's dictionary (1993) defines anger as “a strong feeling of displeasure and [usually] of antagonism” (p. 44). Synonyms are rage, fury, indignation, and wrath. The feeling of anger is as natural as that of being thirsty. Animals become angry when their territory is invaded. They become angry when their young, their herd, or they themselves are threatened. We humans become angry for the same natural reasons; it signals us that psychological or physical boundaries are being crossed against our wishes; our children, family, community, or selves are threatened with harm; needs are not met for ...

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