Often times I see people reacting with rage. Rage is a combination of fear and anger. These two emotions are there to tell us that something is wrong…

Often times I see people reacting with rage. Rage is a combination of fear and anger. These two emotions are there to tell us that something is wrong in our environment. A key distinction is that whatever emotion we are experiencing we do not have to act out that emotion. An example of this is when one feels anger, one does not have to yell or hit. Fear is often connected to our deepest memories and conceptions of self. The older I get the more I realize that much of the reason for our upset lies within ourselves and may have nothing to do with the intention of the other party involved. Acting with rage by yelling or hitting is letting that other party have the control because you are letting the emotion override your better judgment. Rages base in fear is most often linked to past experiences that “trigger” emotional responses. The part that is anger is generally more related to the situation at hand. However, keep in mind, every situation is different. My point being that if you are feeling like acting on rage it is not purely anger or fear but a combination of both and is most probably not appropriate because the emotions do not dictate the action and may not even relate. My suggestion is that when you feel like raging think if it is really necessary in the situation and if not then maybe think what the trigger of that situation is for future reference.
– Kevin