How Do Introverts Deal with Anger?

Anger. One word and there it is, in your head, the list of things that can get you on the edge. However, you being an introvert or an extrovert also affects the way you feel and express anger. Being true to their behavioral pattern, introverts rarely become angry. It is so contradictory to the expression they always have on their face. Nevertheless, when you see an introvert getting real angry – run for your lives.

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Introverts usually don’t express themselves, and it is true for their anger as well. They shut themselves down, channeling their emotions to the deepest, darkest corner of their minds. They will smile at you, they will converse with you. But deep down, the fury might just be simmering slowly. Why, then, do introverts refrain from expressing themselves a little more openly? Oh well, they do express their anger, but you’ll have to observe rather minutely.

  1. Keeping silent: The first thing these people think is that anger might be an overreaction. Being particularly sensitive to people’s emotions, they don’t want themselves to hurt someone intentionally. Especially when their anger has the possibility of being called ‘drama’. Or they just might be planning something far more sinister, you never know…
  2. Physical harm: While some keep silent because of hurting people’s feelings, others keep mum for they have found other ways of releasing their anger. They bruise themselves, cut themselves. The anger gets out in the form of physical harm and pain.
  3. Crying: The most associated job to the introverts. People often believe that introverts waste their time away in crying and cribbing. Well, that’s not true. For them, getting angry means getting hurt. Most of them are mentally strong, and therefore, it is only when someone angers them immensely, that they resort to crying.
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The only thing that can help introverts with their anger is – communication. Talk to them, let them breathe, show them you are trustworthy. Over time, they just might get comfortable enough to show you their dark side. Introverts are just like cats. You’ll have to give a whole lot of love, even though there’s a chance you won’t get much affection in return. But once the cat loves you, there’s no turning back!

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