Challenging the Anger Venting Myth: A Study Finds Reducing Arousal More Effective for Coping with Stress

New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief

A study conducted by researchers led by Dr. Sofi Kerwick aimed to challenge the popular notion that expressing anger is an effective way to cope with it. Instead, the study focused on reducing arousal as a more beneficial method for releasing tension. The research analyzed 154 studies involving over 10,000 participants from various genders, ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

The findings revealed that activities that heightened physiological arousal and body heat did not alleviate feelings of stress and anger; in fact, they often exacerbated them. On the other hand, activities such as deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and taking a time out were found to effectively reduce anger.

Interestingly, the researchers discovered that running was one of the activities that actually increased feelings of anger, contrary to popular belief. Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University emphasized the importance of dispelling this myth. He noted that while certain physical activities may be beneficial for the heart, they are not the most effective ways to manage anger.

Bushman added that angry individuals may feel the urge to vent their emotions through intense physical activity or “anger rooms,” but scientific evidence suggests that engaging in vigorous activity only strengthens aggression in the long run. Therefore, it is essential to recognize that while venting anger may provide temporary relief

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