Six year-old Jan, accidentally knocks over a vase on the dining room
table and it shatters. Mom explodes, HOW CAN YOU DO THIS?
IVE TOLD YOU MANY TIMES TO BE CAREFUL! YOU GO TO YOUR ROOM AND
STAY THERE! WAIT TILL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME; THEN YOULL BE IN
It seems in this house Jan gets yelled at often. Mom constantly loses
her temper and threatens Jan with a variety of punishments. What is
this doing to Moms health?
No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy- unless
you let them. Napoleon Hill
The vase is already broken and becoming angry with her daughter is
not going to fix the broken vase. It sounds like Mom is allowing Jan
to control her anger. If Jan is always being yelled at, Mom is not
taking very good care of herself. Chances could be, Mom is angry at
something else and Jan is an easy target. Mom allows Jan to make her mad.
Anger it self does more harm than the condition which
aroused anger. Unknown
Which of the two items will harm Moms health the most, a broken
vase or her anger? Moms anger can cause health issues such as
driving up her blood pressure, but lets look at what it does to
her daughter. How does her anger help with her relationship with Jan,
or does it just hurt the relationship? What hidden messages are sent
to Jan when she is being yelled at?
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in
which it is stored than to anything which it is poured on. Unknown
Have you ever been angry with someone then carried this anger all day
and finally, you confronted him or her. They have no idea youre
angry. This anger hurts the one caring it much more than the
individual youre angry with.
The hurt Jan receives from her mothers anger can be
tremendous and overtime it might add up so much that it cannot be overcome.
Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it
will control you. Horace
It just takes that split second to lose control and say something
that you will regret. Imagine if Mom had yelled, Jan youre
useless. Without thinking, she just sent a message that may
stay with her daughter forever. How many times have you heard someone
say something off the top of his or her head? They may have not meant
it but maybe the person it was directed at internalized it anyways.
Talking without thinking is like shooting without aiming. Proverb
This is a pretty picture, isnt it? We will say Mom shoots
twenty shots and without aiming, three hit her target. Over the
course of a week, Mom says twenty negative statements to Jan because
she was angry. She meant none of statements; they were said in the
heat of the moment. Jan though has heard these statements so much
they she is beginning to believe them. Her relationship with Mom is
going in a negative direction along with her self-concept. One day
Mom might say, Jan, has low self esteem, I dont know
where she got that from.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay. Seneca
What do we do when we get angry, how do we control our anger? There
are many solutions out in the market, some work for some people and
not others. Well give you a few to try to see what works best
One, many people try counting to ten before saying anything. Two,
have a statement that you say to yourself over and over. For example,
keep your mouth shut, or anger and frustration feed
misbehavior. Three, one of our favorites comes from the
Cline-Fay Institutes Love and Logic program. It is called delayed
consequences, say, I dont know what Im going to do,
and Ill have to get back to you. Try not to worry about
it. Now Mom can wait until shes not angry to give any
consequences. We both get to cool off and discuss the matter when
were not emotional. When you say,
Try not to worry about it, what do you think your child
will be thinking about?