UgBlogWeek Day 5 – Wrath / Anger

By on October 23, 2015

The original plan for the universe was that all creatures should co-exist with one another. Obviously this was always going to be a tall order seeing as some creatures survived off of the demise of others. However, in the very least, the expectation is that creatures will most likely be kind and warm to creatures of their own kind.

However, this has increasingly also become impossible as there are many creatures that turn against each with the most profound wrath or anger running through the blood in their veins.

Wrath is another of the seven deadly sins that relates to anger, rage, fury, irritability and often tends towards destruction both of the other person and of oneself. It is probably the most destructive as it tends to drive individuals to do the most extreme and regrettable things. Wrath in its most pure form can be violent, brutal and savage and this can create feuds and antagonism that can carry on for even centuries.

The nature of wrath is such that it can continue to exist in someone long after the person for whom they originally developed the hatred is gone.

Wrath, if not dealt with as soon as possible can graduate into self-destructive tendencies that could escalate into drug abuse or even suicide.

Wrath / Anger, unlike all the other six deadly sins does not necessarily need to have roots in self interest or selfishness for that matter. It is true that one can develop jealousy and then graduate it into wrath but generally speaking, wrath can be quite an independent emotion.

Wrath and anger are usually manifested when someone’s primary boundaries have been violated. Some people have over time a learned how to react to anger by way of retaliation. Anger or wrath may be channeled into positivity as it can help one to set up boundaries and thus protect themselves from otherwise dangerous encounters.

Many people actually assert that wrath is a very normal emotion that is born as a strong emotional response to any kind of perceived provocation.

Raymond Novaco of UC Irvine, a renowned scholar on the subject of anger and wrath broke down anger into three modalities:

  1. Cognitive (appraisals)
  2. Somatic-affective (tension and agitations)
  3. Behavioral (withdrawal and antagonism).

William DeFoore, an anger-management writer and expert on human emotions likens anger to a pressure cooker; we can only apply pressure against our anger for a certain amount of time until it eventually explodes. Therefore habouring anger is rather dangerous.

Anger often has physical correlates for instance faster heart rate, blood pressure, as well as change in levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Many experts look at anger as that one emotion that can easily trigger part of the fight or flight brain response.

According to Judaism, anger is nothing but a negative trait. In the Book of Genesis, Jacob openly condemned the anger that had appeared amongst his sons Simon and Levi: “Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel.”

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The school of thought presented by Hinduism looks at anger as being the same as sorrow and looks at it as a form of unrequited desire. The numerous objects of anger are therefore seen as a major hindrance to the gratification of the desires of the angry person.

The spiritual teacher Meher Baba mentioned that anger is a result of unfulfilled desires:

Anger is the fume of an irritated mind. It is caused by the thwarting of desires. It feeds the limited ego and is used for domination and aggression.”

The challenge therefore for anyone who feels a hint of anger or wrath is to try to focus their minds on the things that would otherwise make them happy. In extreme cases, it is recommended that one takes on anger management routines because the negative effects of habouring anger can be quite dangerous to mind, body and soul.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
― Mark Twain

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  1. Pretty Monica

    October 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Well written piece. Love your writing style Bernard 🙂

    • beewol

      October 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you Monica 🙂

  2. maggie

    October 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm


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