Anger from another is not an affront to our being. The fact is that anger is intimately intwined with fear. When we start getting angry or notice someone else is, it is a worthwhile goal to try to remember that what what we’re really feeling, or witnessing in another at some level, is fear. If we could recognize that fear is at the root of most expressions of anger, we would be far more compassionate and understanding in the moment. Sympathetic tenderness would also allow each of us to not take another’s anger personally. Rather we would see the anger as a problem that can be resolved with kind-hearted discussion about the issue or action that triggered the sense of fear to arise and see it more objectively.
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