In-Mind Magazine: How to 'Lower the Flame' When Anger Surfaces

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The latest issue of In-Mind Magazine offers insight on anger management, acts of revenge and goal attainment.

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Anger is an emotion that can indeed be managed with the right mental and behavioral tactics, including mindset changes, simple distractions and engaging in pleasurable activities, according to a feature article in the latest issue of In-Mind Magazine. The article--titled "Anger Management" and written by Brad Bushman and Roy Baumeister--discusses the psychology behind anger and the process of controlling it. Is it productive to put on a pair of boxing gloves and "let off steam" on a punching bag? Or is it better to partake in activities that elicit positive emotions instead? Bushman and Baumeister also address the role of anger in everyday life, asserting that it can actually play positive roles, including its ability to galvanize social activism and successful sportsmanship.

The 12th edition of In-Mind also includes an article called "On the dark and bright sides to vengeance: Cognitive, behavioral and affective consequences of aggression," that discusses acts of revenge as they relate to feelings of aggression. The authors, Markus Denzler, Petra Markel and Jens Förster, present research findings suggesting that vengeance may, in some cases, have negative effects on one's ability to productively cope with victimization or betrayal.

In this edition's final story, authors Melanie B. Tannenbaum, Justin Hepler and Dolores Albarracin discuss internal and external motivators in the process of goal pursuit. In the article, "General action and inaction goals: Definitions & effects," the researchers provide insight into what causes one to actively strive toward the completion of a goal. They also address whether advertisement campaigns, such as those aiming to encourage exercise and healthy living, have the desired effect.

In-Mind Magazine is an international online magazine that allows experts to communicate the latest social psychological findings to a wider, more general audience in an engaging and accessible manner. Researchers in social psychology, both (graduate) students and advanced researchers, are invited to submit their articles for publication.

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