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Our increasingly angry world is overwhelming the very real evolutionary benefits of anger…and it’s harming our relationships, our health and our enjoyment of life. While COVID and the quarantine can be blamed for fanning the fires of the current increase in anger, the roots are in our individual expectations and perceptions about the world. Surprisingly, our recent trends toward boosting children’s esteem may be making the anger problem worse! 

In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast, nationally known anger researcher Ryan Martin, PhD, joins Bottom Line President and CEO Sarah Hiner to talk about anger’s evolutionary importance…and how it’s now spinning out of control. Dr. Martin is author of Why We Get Mad: How to Use Anger for Positive Change.

Topics covered include…

  • The real definition of anger (5:14 – 6:40)
  • Mislabeling behaviors as anger (6:40 – 8:27)
  • Seething anger (8:27 – 9:50)
  • Anger on the rise in the US (9:50 – 12:08)
  • Social media enabling the increase in anger (12:08 – 14:10)
  • How protecting children’s self-esteem has increased their anger (14:10 – 17:08)
  • The connection between “fairness” and anger (17:08 – 17:45)
  • What root causes anger? (17:45 – 19:50)
  • Where is your bar of tolerance? (19:50 – 23:20)
  • Fear, shame, embarrassment…and anger (23:20 – 27:17)
  • Seeing the anger habit (27:17 – 33:45)
  • Why we get angry…and how it helps us (33:45 – 37:24)
  • Why it’s vital to let some things go (37:24 – 38:30)
  • Dr. Martin’s 3 questions to ask yourself  (38:30 – 43:50)
  • When we blame others for our anger (43:50 – 46:02)
  • How to shift your anger (46:02 – 50:48)
  • Impulse control is vital for anger control (50:48 – 53:08)
  • The power of your posture and facial expression (53:08)

You can learn more about Dr. Martin at his website  AllTheRageScience.com/martin.

You can connect with and stay in touch with Sarah at her website Bottomlineinc.com! Find Bottom Line on Facebook @WeAreBottomLine and at Bottom Line Inc. on Linkedin.com

If you enjoyed this podcast, please share a review so that more people can benefit from it. Be sure to subscribe to the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast with Sarah Hiner on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

You can learn more about Dr. Martin’s work at: www.alltheragescience.com

You can connect with and stay in touch with Sarah at her website www.bottomlineinc.com! Find Bottom Line on Facebook @WeAreBottomLine and at Bottom Line Inc. on www.linkedin.com

If you enjoyed this podcast, please share a review so that more people can benefit from it. Be sure to subscribe to the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast with Sarah Hiner on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.