Anger Is Unsorted Thoughts – Dr. Ali’s Healing Course
May Your Present Truth Be Your Present Blessings
Majid Ali, M.D.
I define anger as unsorted thoughts. My definition of anger is an extension of my definitions of feelings and emotions as experiences accompanying unsorted thoughts. I make these statements for compelling clinical reasons. Simply stated, my anger-as-unsorted-thoughts view invites a person with an episode of anger to sort out the unsorted thoughts (of anger) and become free of anger’s claws. My view offers the simplicity of quick responses and a path of self-enlightenment and self-empowerment. The alternative to this is a long and tortuous journey offered in the fields of psychology and theology. This journey puts an angry individual on a road to dependence on the professionals and their claimed superiority of wisdom and knowledge of books.
The above statements are likely to raise many eyebrows. I explain my basic idea of feelings and emotions being misleading words for unsorted thoughts in a companion article entitled “Emotions are Unsorted Thoughts.”
I suggest reading this article to become familiar with the observations and evidence which I marshal to support my view.
The Anger-Unsorted-Thought Way
An episode of anger is unsorted thoughts. Chronic anger is addiction to unsorted thoughts. An episode of anger invites an angry person to consider sorting the unsorted thoughts, at that moment or at a later time. This is the way of clearly seeing the goal line, and then pursuing the path of self-enlightenment and empowerment by clearly seeing the goal line. It offers an opportunity to terminate cycles of anger,” which fan their own fires.
By contrast, accepting anger as feelings and emotions (see below for the prevailing psychological and theological views of anger) fans the fires of negative experiences associated with what is considered to be feelings and emotions. This takes us to yet more and more unsorted thoughts (designated as persisting or growing negative feelings and emotions). That completes one cycle and begins the next cycle of the same. That is how the cycles of anger recycle themselves. The Cortical monkey loves to recycle past misery. When this is not enough, it precycles the feared misery of unsorted thoughts.
The Anger-Regret-Enlightenment Cycles
Have you ever said or done something that you regretted later? Ask this question to ten teenagers and find out how many of them say ‘never’. Then ask this question to ten twenty-somethings and find out how many of them say ‘never’. Next, ask this question to ten forty-year-olds and get their answer.(answerS) You might as well then ask this question to ten seventy-year-olds and see your question amuses them.
Now let’s do a thought experiment. The words feelings and emotions were not part of the language. Children were told that they will sometimes have unpleasant or otherwise negative experiences which might make them uneasy or unhappy. Those are parts of living. After such unease or unhappiness passes, they will be able to figure out what those senses were. As teenagers they will grow into a broader awareness of these “unease-ease cycles” and the cycles of “unsorted-sorted- thinking-cycles,” which is the reality. In simple words, the Greek goddess Psyche had not yet spawned the field of psychology. Teenagers could then be expected to grow into adults with increasing clarity of the of the “Anger-Regret-Enlightenment Cycles” and the “Unsorted-Sorted-Thought Cycles.” Imagine what such a world would be.
Bioenergetic Features of Anger
People know by common experience how angry individuals look and act. Clinically anger has several measurable phenomena associated with anger:
* Oxygen hunger (a sense of breathlessness)
* Excess tissue acidity
* Increased free radical activity
* Thickening of blood, lymph, and other bodily fluids
The above bioenergetic aspects of anger reveal themselves in any combination of the following:
* Subclinical or overt hyperventilation
* Excess adrenaline and noradrenaline
* Overdriven heart (rapid pulse, skipped heartbeats, tachycardia pulse over 100 per minute) caused by the above two factors.
* Tightening of muscle
* Agitation, tremors
* Grunting sounds
* Postures of violent response
Psychological Theories for Anger
The following are direct quotes from the main article in anger at wikipedia.org:
* Anger is an emotion related to one’s psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged, or denied and a tendency to react through retaliation.
* Anger as a normal emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation.
* Anger can be stratified into three modalities: cognitive (appraisals), somatic-affective (tension and agitations), and behavioral (withdrawal and antagonism).
* Anger is “a pressure cooker: we can only apply pressure against our anger for a certain amount of time until it explodes.
* Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force.
* The behaviors associated with anger are designed to warn aggressors to stop their threatening behavior. Rarely does a physical altercation occur without the prior expression of anger by at least one of the participants.
* While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of “what has happened to them,” psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability.
Sorting-Unsorted Anger Vs. Psychological Theories for Anger
I invite the readers to re-read the above passages about Dr. Ali’s Way to Sorting Unsorted Anger and Psychological Theories for Anger, then decide for themselves which path is more likely to liberate them from the tyranny of the pathology of anger.
Related Philosophy Essays
Below is a list of my other essays of the subject of the healing philosophy. These essays are based on materials included in the twelve volumes of my textbook, The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine.
In past publications, I have focused on two primal nutrients for human health: (1) compassion as the nutrient for the soul and oxygen as the nutrient for the body. For ease of expression in patient education, I introduced the term OxyHealingTM for this purpose. A list of my books, DVDs, and video seminars is available at http://www.OxyHealing.org.