Myth: I shouldn’t “hold in” my anger. It’s healthy to vent and let it out.
Fact: While it’s true that suppressing and ignoring anger is unhealthy, venting is no better. Anger is not something you have to “let out” in an aggressive way in order to avoid blowing up. In fact, outbursts and tirades only fuel the fire and reinforce your anger problem. It is however, healthy to talk through your feelings of anger with someone who can help calm you…someone who will not “stir the pot,” but help you see it from another angle or help you solve the problem. Who might this person be for you?
-Regina Tate, LPC