It's an important emotion because it’s usually a sign that something isn’t right or that someone has done you wrong. But anger can also be damaging – it can impair your judgment, have a negative impact on your health and cause problems in your relationships if it’s not controlled.
“Anger can be destructive,” says Canadian psychologist Peter Sacco, author of What’s Your Anger Type? “But I’ve also seen the flip side where anger is used constructively and becomes a call to action. It can be a time when passive, timid people who normally sit back and watch bad things happen to themselves or others finally start to act and master their worlds.”
“Some people were brought up in angry and abusive environments and that was all they ever knew,” he says. “Nobody helped them modify their thoughts and feelings.