Anger? We can manage it, say students
Quest asked students: 'How do you control your temper. When provoked, how do you react.'
The meaning of temperament changes with context. When a person gets angry easily, he is considered short-tempered. I, too, have been in frustrating situations and lost my temper. But mostly, I remain calm. I analyse situations and go to the root of a problem rather than panic. I also practise yoga to increase concentration and control anger. I try to be a good listener. I discuss problems with parents rather than go to counselors.
Pranay Kumar Seth, X-C
DAV Public School, Thane
We feel insulted when verbal abuse is hurled at us, when we are called names by strangers, acquaintances or relatives. This sets off a vicious cycle. We, in turn, express our anger through verbal abuse. This is the cause of many quarrels. One of the greatest insults is physical violence. When we are hit, the natural response is to hit back. When the insult is subtle or indirect and we find it difficult to challenge it, we may get angrier. I try to keep my temper under control, but sometimes when somebody crosses the limit I burst out. To be angry is better than being violent, I believe. Hence, I try my best to mind my own business. I try to improve my concentration through yoga and hockey.
I am fond of music; that helps me to alleviate tension. I eat on time and take ample rest so that I am physically and mentally fit to face challenges.
Prakriti Iyer, IX-A
Sri Ma Vidyalaya, Thane
Anger is a perfectly normal and healthy human emotion. One usually gets angry when things do not happen as planned.
When I cogitate about anger, I find myself innocent. Not that I don't get angry, but I have learnt to control anger or express my frustration in an assertive but non-confrontational way rather than shout or scream. Whenever I get angry, I tell myself to take it easy and control my anger. I take a deep breath and try to hold in my feelings.