Why Am I So…Angry?

Why Am I So…Angry?

PART 2

Our blog series, “Why Am I So…” explores the subject of our feelings. The salvation that Jesus came to bring us is comprehensive. He is working to save every part of who we are. He not only brings us forgiveness of sins, but he is working to transform/heal/set free each dimension of our personality—there is a psychology to redemption!

Once again, for many different people there are different reasons we feel angry. Nevertheless, there are still common threads in our human experience with anger, so let’s explore a few.

 

REASON #1 : We experience injustice. 

I remember a time when I was in fourth grade playing kickball on the playground at school. As often happened on the sports field, tempers flared between classmates, and one of the boys started hitting one of the girls. He was quite a bit bigger than her, and when I saw that injustice happening, it tripped a trigger in me. I ran over and pulled that boy off of the girl and started fighting him. It is a natural human response to become angry at injustice.

Why Am I So…Angry?

Why Am I So…Angry?

PART 1

I love superhero movies. I don’t think I’m alone, considering that the Marvel movies have made nearly $20 billion at the box office. It’s fun to think about what it would be like to fly like Superman, fight like Captain America, shoot webs like Spiderman, don a super suit like Iron Man, or have an endless supply of high-tech gadgets like Batman. But as fun as it is to dream about what life would be like as one of those superheroes, I think the most relatable superhero is one we haven’t mentioned.

I know what it feels like to be the Hulk.

“No, you don’t,” you’re thinking. “You’re 5’ 8” and 160 pounds. I’ve seen squirrels with more muscle than you.” Well, you’re right. I don’t know what it feels like to bench press a school bus or have my clothing shredded when I flex. But I do know what it feels like to get angry. Maybe you do, too.

Why Am I So…Compulsive?

Why Am I So…Compulsive?

When we think of addiction, we usually think of something that is inherently unhealthy: substance abuse, gossip, pornography, etc. But addiction reaches far beyond that. Let’s dig into a little psychology to understand why.

(The following are excerpts from Addiction and Grace by Gerald May.)

Humans frequently repress our desire for love because love makes us vulnerable to being hurt.  We also do the same thing with our deepest longings for God. God does not always come to us in the pleasant ways we might expect, and so we repress our desire for God. 

Why Am I So…Anxious?

Why Am I So…Anxious?

Green grass, roaming sheep, and misty mountains. I had dreamed of visiting Ireland for many years. As I arrived in May of 2018, the beauty and the feeling of a new adventure coupled with anxiety and unfamiliarity. After many years of wanting to visit, here I was: struggling to shake the nerves away.

What you may not know about me is that I have been dealing with anxiety my whole life. I never knew what it was…I just assumed this is how everyone felt. When I realized it wasn’t, I knew I couldn’t stay locked up and fearful. I started counseling early in 2018 to find healthy ways to cope so I could live my healthiest life. Of course, I had already booked our trip to Ireland before counseling sessions were on the calendar. I knew that traveling was going to fill me with anxiety and all I could do was pray I could enjoy it and hope that it would be an opportunity to practice what I was learning.