Experts say that ‘female fury’ is reaching epidemic proportions - Julia Molony finds out how this rage can actually help women
Annoyance, exasperation, irritation, frustration. For most of us, these feelings are part of the ever-changing emotional weather of day-to-day life. How often, on a given day, do you find yourself swallowing down resentment, or frustration? Or biting your tongue in order to smooth over conflict in social settings, at work, or at home?
But according to some experts, female fury is at epidemic proportions. Mike Fisher, psychotherapist, and founder of the British Association of Anger Management, has observed this trend in his decades of experience in the field. Some years ago, his organisation carried out a study in which they surveyed over 12,000 people. “What I identified, is that women are much angrier than men,” he says.
He’s not the only one to have noticed it. Writer and broadcaster Soraya Chemaly tapped into a little-acknowledged wellspring when her book about women and anger, Rage Becomes Her (Simon & Schuster UK) became a global phenomenon when it was published last year.
So what is behind this tidal wave of rage? According to clinical psychologist Dr Malie Coyne, studies suggest there are some common routes to anger for women, most notably feelings of powerlessness or injustice.
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