The Hope Podcast
About This Show
Many of us feel as though we live in impossible situations. I understand. I have been there myself because I also struggle with anxiety and depression. The Hope Podcast will feature interviews with people who have lost hope and found it again. I live in southern New Jersey with my wife Lou Ann, and we recently celebrated 40 years of marriage together.
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Episode 31: That one about Anger
The Hope Podcast
Host: Jim Leary
Technical Director: Scott Leary
Episode #31: That One About Anger
Episode #31 of The Hope Podcast is an episode that Scott and Jim do together.
This episode is a discussion on anger and also includes an interaction with the new book by David Powlison entitled Good and Angry.
Here is a brief snapshot of the book. Powlison divides it into four sections with several chapters within each section:
Section 1: Our Experience
Section 2: What is anger?
Section 3: How to change?
Section 4: Tackling the hard cases.
There are two observations he made in section one that I especially relate to.
“When a little thing pushes your buttons, it says something about the buttons inside you.”’
“Every one of us has a hard time changing. It’s hard to think straight about anger.”
What pushes your buttons? When someone pushes our buttons, Powlison observes, bad anger poisons everything.
In the second section, What is Anger?, Powlison defines good and bad anger. These quotes reveal his ability to handle this important topic in a way that helps others process their anger.
“At its core anger is very simple. It expresses, 'I’m against that.' It is an active stance you take to oppose something that you assess as both important and wrong.”
“Anger goes wrong when you get godlike. Your desires become divine law. Poke your way into every example of bad anger, and you’ll find god-playing. Whether I’m really ticked off, just a little irritated, or deeply embittered, it’s all about almighty me. Anger is demanding and entitled: This is what I want. My will be done. It’s superior: The world and all that is in it are subject to me. All persons, objects, and events are subject to my opinion and evaluation. It’s accusatory: you have violated my will, and you deserve punishment.”
Powlison’s observations perfectly describes the struggle that many people have. We get angry, and often rightly so because something bad has happened.
He goes on to define good anger. Good anger is God’s anger. God is justly angry at evil. He is angered by the injustice endured by His children.
And, he observes the following:
"When God’s larger purposes are in control, the poisonous evil of anger is neutralized. Anger becomes a servant of goodness.”
In Chapter 7 he begins to define good anger.
He says that anger’s essential DNA is di