Looking Anger in the Face

I grew up with a challenging relationship to anger (who didn’t, right?). My mom’s extended family believed very strongly in the saying “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.” At my grandmother’s, we were always expected to be polite, even when fuming internally. I will never forget the look I would get from my grandmother if I expressed the mildest frustration with a family member. My dad, on the other hand, expressed his opinions loudly and forcefully, and expected other people to argue equally loudly and passionately. He was excitable and physically expressive. He would pace, yell, judge, and glare. When actually angry, the strength of his judgment and accusatio

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