24 September 2009
In an article in today's Psychology Today online, Art Markman debunks the myth that venting anger by blowing one's top or by letting off steam might have a positive effect. To the contrary, he notes, humans are not like kettles full of heated water, and anger is not steam. Instead, when a person acts violently as a result of anger, the violent reaction becomes associated with and more closely linked to future anger. Contrary to popular belief, when a person "acts out" to release "steam" one time, they are more likely in the future to react with violence.
When a person is feeling angry, it is better to sit quietly or meditate to calm one's self down.
Here is a link to the article: Anger Is Not Heated Fluid In A Container