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Getting Good And Mad Can Be Good

Psychologists say suppressing anger is actually bad for your health, while showing emotion can encourage constructive communication.

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See what can happen if you keep it bottled up?

While it isn’t good to fly off the handle about every little thing, healthy expressions of anger are actually beneficial.

Our emotions help us to communicate important information to others. When we get mad about something, it shows that we care about what is going on.

Psychologist James Gross at Stanford University is researching when to blow your top and when to keep your cool. The key: regulation.

Read More:

  • The Benefits of Blowing Your Top (NYTimes)
  • Emotion Regulation in Everyday Life (PDF)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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