Ever found yourself suppressing anger or rage? Below you’ll find the first in a series of videos on women and rage.
In this first video, I discuss four reasons why rage matters:
Embracing rage is a core ingredient to accessing and clearing out visibility blocks. We’ve so much conditioning around being ‘good’ – girls, mothers, friends, employees, migrants – and so little modelling of what a healthy expression of anger might look like.
From a visibility perspective, you’ll never let people see the fullness of yourself if you’re fearful about expressing anger. You’ll always play nice and pull back from saying anything controversial or too challenging. It’s essential (to the success of all of our relationships) that we move through these fears and open to the possibility of having healthy, open and frank conversations without feeling overwhelmed by them.
NB: In the video I speak specifically about the role women can play in transforming our collective understanding of women and rage. This is in no way intended to alleviate men or any other people of their responsibilities in this regard. What I am attempting to point to is the specific role that women are able to play by virtue of the fact that their relationship to anger has ben suppressed rather than encouraged. Because there are other influences impacting the way a woman experiences anger, and because the conditioning of men places them in a more volatile relationship with anger, they don’t seem best positioned to lead a movement on rethinking anger. I absolutely think they have a lot of work to do in this regard and hope that it’s happening, I just don’t think they are best positioned to lead the conversation about a new way of relating to anger.
Interested in books about rage? We’ve a few favourites we recommend right here.
Want to access the rest of our series on Women and Rage? You’ll find that right here.
We’ve also created a journalling prompt for you to download here (or by right clicking on the image below) and unpack your own thoughts around anger.
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