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Three questions to ask yourself when you’re angry Add to ...

There may be a moment this week when your anger will simmer at work. On Brazen Careerist, writer Sarah Greesonbach acknowledges that anger is a natural human reaction to situations such as confusion and pain. But when quick, overwhelming flashes of rage build up you might want to counter those impulses by asking three questions:

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Are you hungry?

In many cases, she suggests, anger can be traced to an empty stomach. If anger strikes repeatedly at certain points of the day, that may signal the need for keeping snacks such as nuts or granola bars at your desk. “Hunger makes a tyrant (and a less patient person) of us all,” she writes.

Are you mad at someone or something else?

Be sure that the anger that flares up in the afternoon at someone or something isn’t really displaced from the morning when the boss chewed you out or something untoward happened.

How would a classy person act right now?

Even understanding your anger may not help you curb it. If the anger is legitimate, that doesn’t mean it is appropriate to express. “Think of the classiest person you can,” she advises, “and imagine how they would respond.” Role models, she says, can show us the way when we don’t want to rely on our instincts.

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