Why is Anger Important?

This blog explores 5 therapeutic reasons for why anger is important from a licensed Calgary therapist.


Kaylee Procter


Why is Anger Important?

This picture shows the calm that a person can feel when they learn how to cope with anger.
This picture shows the calm that a person can feel when they learn how to cope with anger.

As a licensed Calgary therapist, I often witness individuals grappling with the complexity of emotions, and one that frequently takes centre stage is anger. Despite the stigma placed on it, anger is an important emotion. In this blog post, let's explore the importance of anger and why embracing and understanding this emotion is an essential part of our journey towards emotional well-being.

  1. Anger gives us awareness of our boundaries

    • Anger can serve as a powerful signal that our boundaries have been crossed. When we feel angry, it indicates that something is not right or that our needs are not being met. By paying attention to our anger, we can gain insight into what our boundaries are and take steps to assert and protect them.

      For example, if a friend consistently cancels plans without any consideration for our time, anger may arise. This anger can motivate us to communicate our feelings and establish healthier boundaries in the relationship.

  2. Anger provides us with motivation for change

    • Anger can be a catalyst for personal growth and positive change. When we are angry about a particular situation or injustice, it can ignite a fire within us to take action and strive for improvement. Anger can fuel our determination to make a difference.

      Think about historical figures who have fought for social justice. Their anger at the inequalities they witnessed motivated them to take a stand and work towards creating a more equitable society.

  3. Anger can provide an emotional release

    • Suppressing or denying anger can have detrimental effects on our mental and physical well-being. Expressing anger in a healthy and constructive manner allows for emotional release and can prevent the buildup of resentment and bitterness.

      Engaging in activities such as journaling, exercising, or talking to a trusted friend or therapist can provide an outlet for the release of anger. By acknowledging and expressing our anger, we can experience a sense of relief and emotional catharsis.

  4. Anger can help us self-advocate

    • Anger can be a powerful tool for self-advocacy. When we feel angry, it can give us the courage and assertiveness to stand up for ourselves and communicate our needs effectively.

      For instance, if we are in a work environment where our ideas are consistently dismissed or we feel our pay is unfair, anger can empower us to assert our value and demand to be heard. By expressing our anger in a respectful and assertive manner, we can advocate for ourselves and create positive change in our lives (including a bigger pay check).

  5. Anger can signal an identification of unmet needs

    • Anger can serve as a guide to help us identify unmet needs. When we experience anger, it often signifies that a core need is not being fulfilled.

      For example, if we constantly feel angry and resentful towards our partner, it may indicate that our need for emotional connection and support is not being met. By recognizing this, we can have open and honest conversations with our partner to address the underlying issues and work towards meeting our needs.

Our anger gives us helpful information that can guide our future actions. When we take the time to process what it is telling us, we can then choose to respond in a helpful way, aligned with what we need. This helps build our emotion regulation skills and emotional intelligence.

It is important to note that while anger can be a valuable emotion, it is crucial to express it in a healthy and constructive manner. Engaging in destructive behaviours or lashing out at others is not productive and can cause harm to ourselves and those around us. While whatever emotion we are feeling is valid, we are still responsible for how we choose to respond to it.

If anger management is something that you struggle with, please feel free to reach out to book a first appointment or a complimentary introductory call to see how I can help with anger management therapy. Finding constructive ways for how to control anger and how to process and deal with anger can be tough and you shouldn't have to do it alone.

As a licensed Calgary therapist, I encourage my clients to explore their anger, understand its underlying causes, and develop healthy coping mechanisms to express it. By embracing anger as a tool for growth and self-awareness, we can harness its power and use it to create positive change in our lives.

Here are 5 reasons why anger is an important emotion to feel: