Venting found ineffective in managing anger

A new study of anger in people shows little evidence that venting helps, and in some cases it could increase anger. Host Marco Werman speaks with Sophie Kjaervik, a postdoctoral fellow in the The Injury and Violence Prevention Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is lead author of the study published this month in Clinical Psychology Review, and says, “To reduce anger, it is better to engage in activities that decrease arousal levels,” such as slow-flow yoga, mindfulness, deep breathing and taking a timeout.

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