Anger as a source of motivation – and as a source of disasters, big and small
Over the years, I’ve thought about the role that anger plays as a source of motivation in people’s lives. Among other things, the channelling of anger appears to be a key component of many forms of political organizing, including varied forms of populist, authoritarian, and totalitarian movements.
I thought about this in relation to a Nov. 4, 2023 CBS News article which is entitled: “Feeling angry may help people achieve their goals, study finds: More than desire or amusement, anger could help people overcome challenges that get in the way of their ambitions.”
The article refers to recent research about anger as a source of motivation. A positive feature of the article, in my view, is that research about how intense anger can destroy a person’s health is also highlighted.
The article in turn reminded me of a page, which I set up years ago, entitled Mindfulness Meditation, at the landing page at this website. An excerpt reads:
I’ve been practising mindfulness meditation since 2004 when I completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course – more specifically, a Mindfulness for Health course taught by Lucinda Sykes, M.D. – in Toronto to deal with urgent stress-related issues. The issues, as it happened, were at that time giving rise to regularly occurring expressions of anger in my work at the time as a public school teacher. I had the distinct sense that this ongoing state of affairs, which had been in place starting in my adolescent years, had to be addressed at once as otherwise my health and well-being would be in jeopardy.
I had a good instructor and have been applying what I learned. The stress-related issues that were the original reason that I learned mindfulness meditation are no longer a source of concern.