Experts who deal with anger management know that fear is the basic reason for the blinding rage that consumes so many people. In the psyche of someone like Rush Limbaugh or some other self-important, bombastic hater, there’s a tiny child who is scared shitless.
Usually, someone who needs anger management therapy is terrified. Whether they rail against the assertive women, the blacks, the hispanics, the Jews, the Arabs, the Muslims, the students, the teachers, the workers, the co-workers, the mean teenagers, the welfare mothers, the Democrats, the Republicans, the rich, the poor or the huddled masses, fear drives their anger and fear is contagious. It’s spreads like a bad cold in a daycare center.
To non-medical observer, fear and its resulting emotion – anger – seem similar to obsessive compulsive disorder. Perhaps, like OCD, it can be ameliorated with the help of the brain’s neuroplasticity.
A victim of stroke can sometimes regain the use of a useless limb by physical and mental therapy which encourages rewiring of the brain. Maybe the terrified child in the mind of an angry person can escape the rage caused by the fear by connecting some happy synapses. But then, what will happen to talk radio?
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