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Traditional anger management says we should rationalise our anger – why are you advocating catharsis release?

Traditional anger management therapy involves understanding and rationalising your emotions vs. feeling them. Traditional approaches teach participants that anger is an unhealthy emotion and it needs to be suppressed or rationalised and understood. They also believe that too much engaging with anger makes one more angry – they call this destructionist and dangerous.

Anger is not a bad emotion. It’s an emotion, like any other. What is negative about anger is if it is directed at oneself or another person and causes damage. If expressed in a cathartic way – it can be released prior to understanding it and processing what made it occur in the first place.

We see no harm in releasing emotions – they are better expressed to ensure that your cells receptors don’t get blocked (see below). Tantrum exists as a form of catharsis therapy.