There’s something about venting that makes it incredibly satisfying. Whether it’s the feel of ‘blowing off some steam’ or perhaps getting validation from a friend outside the situation, it’s easy to think of venting as a therapeutic way to handle frustration. But according to researchers, venting (whether it be talking in person or pounding away at the keyboard through G-Chat) is only perpetuating our anger. Instead, researchers suggest going against the grain of anger by choosing an activity that calms rather than incites you. We suggest going for a walk, taking a yoga class or even doing some deep breathing; and if you must talk to someone, have your conversation be solution-focused rather than one that rehashes anger. For all venters out there, do you agree with these calming techniques or do you think venting has its benefits? Sound off (or vent, if you so desire) in the comments!
Venting Is Only Making You Madder
March 21, 2017