The REBT Advocates is at it again!
Dr. Michael Edelstein and Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
discuss anger and other hot tamales . . .
Always great to see Dr. Debbie and Michael. I love these discussions! However, they sometimes become tail-wagging-the-dog exercises in semantics. Whatever you happen to think about anger, demands and awfulizing, let’s not lose sight of the underlying principle that these words/concepts are drivers, not semantic puzzles. They are devices that we use to inflame ourselves, to magnify that inflammation, and then perpetuate it. Tragically–for those of us in developed countries and the privileged elsewhere–we inflame ourselves over the most trivial events. Our reactions are way out of proportion to the everyday facts. Those suffering great injustice or trapped on war-torn environments “may” have different issues around what constitutes awful and a greater claim to anger. For most of us, it is much simpler: It’s a pain in the ass to get stuck in traffic, but it’s not awful, hardly the end of the world. Although we strongly prefer not to be stuck, there is no reason why it mustn’t happen, especially considering population density, infrastructure, city planning and so on.
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Originally posted 2019-03-14 20:12:41.