Being Well Podcast: Managing The Fight Response: Anger, Repression, and Self-Regulation
May 13, 2024

On this episode of The Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick and Forrest continue their series on the stress responses with the “fight” response to stress. They explore anger, repression, and the balance of self-expression and self-regulation before talking about how we can claim the adaptive aspects of the fight response without falling prey to its more problematic aspects. A major focus of the episode is resentment and repression, alongside related topics like empowering yourself, managing expectations, and “experiencing out.”

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:15: The useful aspects of anger
  • 5:40: Specific behaviors associated with the fight response
  • 8:35: Giving yourself permission to express anger
  • 13:40: Navigating resentment
  • 21:40: Thwarted expectations as a source of unhealthy anger
  • 32:05: Claiming your anger, and being wary of its seductive nature
  • 35:45: Developing an authentic sense of empowerment
  • 39:45: Going from complaint to request
  • 43:30: Antidotes to unhealthy anger
  • 52:40: Challenging authority without feeling intimidated or shamed
  • 54:20: When we’re angry at ourselves
  • 59:00: Recap

Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.

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