To Manage Anger, Write Your Feelings Down & Throw It Away

Humans have sought anger management techniques throughout history. Recent research suggests that writing down negative emotions and physically discarding them, such as shredding the paper, effectively reduces anger levels. This method was found to eliminate anger almost entirely, contrasting with keeping physical reminders which only slightly decreased anger. The phenomenon is linked to the belief in “backward magical contagion,” where disposing of the physical object associated with negative emotions leads to their disappearance. This discovery not only offers practical benefits but also sheds light on cultural practices like the Japanese tradition of hakidashisara, where physical objects representing anger are destroyed for emotional relief.


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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.