We’ve all done it: You get really angry about something, and you vow to get even -- with a caustic e-mail, a rant on Facebook, or some other online temper tantrum that really tells off that aggravating colleague or annoying relative. But a 2015 study by Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, which was published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, suggests that something like that just makes matters worse. Instead of achieving a sense of release, the study found that venting our anger on the Internet usually makes us angrier and more aggressive.
Think before you type:
- The Mayo Clinic suggests that after you calm down, you should express your frustration in an assertive but non-confrontational way. State your concerns and needs clearly and directly, without hurting others.
- Physical activity can help relieve the urge to get angry. If you feel anger escalating, go for a brisk walk, or run a mile or two.
- Short breaks help during stressful times. A little quiet time may help you feel better prepared to handle what's ahead without anger or irritation.