Anger isn’t just a normal emotion; it’s a healthy one.
Even though it feels simple and straight forward, anger often arises from a complicated set of experiences that includes not just the nature of the provocation, but the mood we are, thinking patterns, and life experiences. This talk will explore the complicated nature of anger with a focus on how it can be valuable… as long as we express it wisely.
Dr. Ryan Martin teaches courses on mental illness and emotion, including a course on anger. He researches and writes on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger. His website, All the Rage, covers recent research on anger and provides anger management tips on how to handle anger most effectively. He also hosts the popular psychology podcast, Psychology and Stuff. Ryan was trained as a counseling psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi where he first started studying anger after earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas. He has worked with clients- angry and otherwise- in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and a VA Hospital.
He is a Professor of Psychology and an Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR’s Invisibilia podcast, BBC Radio’s Digital Human, TED.com, and elsewhere. When he’s not thinking about feelings, he runs and spends time with his family.