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Our current vignette begins with the description of anger rooms facilities where people can release their anger by smashing a variety of items. Would you like to try that sometime, Heather?

Probably, not. I don’t mean to criticize anyone who does. I just don’t like loud bangs and crashes myself. So, it would probably make me ore stressed out. And I probably feel guilty about destroying things.

Well, however we deal with it, we should all make efforts to keep our anger out of the work place as much as possible. I have worked with some hotheads over the years. The first was an American writer in a newsroom, right after I graduated from college. He got upset very easily and often yelled at people around him. He was loud and abusive on the telephone too. One day, in a fit of anger, he lifted his typewriter-they were manual and heavy in those days-and dumped it on the floor. Everybody was horrified.

I don’t blame them. Though I must confess to doing something similar once, albeit on a less dangerous scale. This was back when I was writing my movie page, and basically a distribution company staffer reneged on his promise to give me some T-shirts as a giveaway for my readers. I kept my anger in check while I was talking to him on the phone but after I hung up, I smashed a very heavy dictionary down on my desk in frustration. I shouldn’t have done that. But luckily it was late at night and there was hardly anyone at the office. Tell us about some of other hotheads?

Well, a former U.S. government official was appointed head of the Washington office of the PR firm I used to work for. I looked forward to meeting him, but he was gone almost as soon as he arrived. He just couldn’t control his temper. When he got angry, he would rip the telephone line off his desk and dash it against the wall, according to a colleague who witnessed his rage.

I’ve witnessed a few outbursts of workplace rage over the years but the worst incident in an office of mine took place on my day off. I went into work one day years and years ago and told that two colleagues had actually gotten into a physical fight. One of them actually broke the other’s glasses apparently and those tow men sat right next to me at the time. So, I’m glad I wasn’t there. I would’ve been scrambling to get out of the way.

Sometimes it’s good to miss the drama. So how do you deal with your anger, Heather? What do you do to blow off steam?

I’m a firm believer in the power of physical exercise. Ueda says anger rooms help people feel like they’ve gotten some power back; exercise does that too. If we feel physically confident, we’re much more likely to be mentally confident as well. So swimming, running, yoga, whatever-we should all try to incorporate some physical activity into our schedule on a regular basis. In the heat of the moment, I like to use shaking therapy. If I feel my anger rising up, I’ll go to the bath room and in the privacy of a stall, shake my arms, legs, head, everything as hard as I can. It probably looks really silly, but it works. It forces the muscles to relax. And that soothes the mind as well.




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