The Immediate Reward of Anger

By Greg Baer M.D.

July 4, 2016

Through twenty books and uncounted video chats, we have established that anger is always wrong. It’s like a cancer in the soul, destroying us personally and ruining our relationships. A single act of anger can inflict incalculable emotional damage, but it’s often difficult to see the immediate results. Once in a while, though, the immediate effects of anger are obvious and border on hysterically funny.

A friend of mine in Real Love was recently driving on a street when she came to a stop sign. A man pulled up next to her in another car, wildly honking his horn. When he stopped, he got out of his car, stood in front of my friend’s car, and began screaming at her about some minor driving infraction she had committed moments earlier.

His screaming lasted only for a few seconds, however, because he noticed that his car was rolling backward toward oncoming traffic. Riveted by the sight of his moving car, he raced off down the road, while my friend continued on her way.

It’s hard to miss the humor in a man running down the road after his car, all because he was angry at somebody else. It is just as funny, however—perhaps bizarre would be a better word—to see the effects of our own anger every day, as we throw away our happiness and destroy our relationships.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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