Existing research has suggested that people who are easily angered may internalize their frustration and anger, resulting in depressive symptoms. However, understanding the path from anger to depression has not been fully explored. Therefore, Michela Balsamo of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Annunzio University in Italy examined these elements and found that self-compassion was the missing link. Individuals high in trait anger had little self-compassion and tolerance for others. So when frustrated, they’d react in anger by turning their emotions inward and outwardly exhibiting symptoms of depression. Balsamo believes that teaching skills to increase self-compassion and tolerance would result in better anger management, less internalizing of emotions, and decreased symptoms of depression.
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