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Touching our Emotions

Fatima Hafiz Muid


  • What Is Anger? Anger is an emotional state that occurs when unexpected things happen to you, or around you, that you don't like. The feelings you have can be as mild as annoyance, and as extreme as fury and rage. The American Heritage dictionary describes anger as "a strong feeling of displeasure or hostility," and explains that the word itself is rooted in a Middle English word "anger," that meant sorrow.


  • What Causes Anger? The emotion of anger can be set off by both internal and external triggers. Internal triggers may include reactions to things you may already be sensitive about, like being teased. External triggers are things beyond your control that don't happen in the way they should.  Certain situations can make you angry – particularly when you feel like you have no control over circumstances (you show up for a doctor's appointment you’ve been waiting to go to for more than a month, and when you get there, the doctor has been called away to surgery). People can make you angry. Even memories can make you angry.


    Anger is a very subjective emotion. What makes one person angry may not bother another person at all. There are three basic types of anger that psychologists recognize as being different emotional states. The first is a defense mechanism that occurs when we feel threatened or trapped.  The second form of anger exists as a reaction to the interpretation of events in which we believe that we are deliberately being harmed or being treated unfairly. The last type of anger is the irritable, sullen anger more closely associated to personality than to emotion.


  • Anger is a normal, natural emotion, and without it we would be less able to defend ourselves when needed.  However, our physical reaction to anger and the way we express anger can become a problem for some.  Anger management helps people learn how to recognize and control their reactions to anger.


  • Anger is an emotion that elicits responses from three areas. There is a psychological response to anger, causing a heightened sense of power, but a lack of reason, clarity, and judgment; a physiological response that causes a surge of adrenaline, an increased heart rate, and other physical manifestations; and a cognitive response, where you either express or repress your anger, or calm yourself.


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Care For Our Children

Fatima Hafiz Muid

Care for Our Children

Between 18 months and age 3, children begin exercising their right to say no. It ought to be respected because the child comes to discover that his/her being is consequential. For us to know that reality is altered by their beingness is the gift we can give.  It is crucial for one to come to know the awesomeness of power that is developed during this period for the child. It is between the ages of 2 -5 that they fall in love with themselves are out of love with themselves. We as adults are the catalyst for this expression of NO as a training towards their grandeur and power as human beings. We determine the nature and direction of their growth.

Jim Rohn says that “direction determines destination…you cannot change destination overnight but you can change direction”.

“If children are criticized, overly controlled, or not given the opportunity to assert themselves, they begin to feel inadequate in their ability to survive, and may then become overly dependent upon others, lack self-esteem, and feel a sense of shame or doubt in their own abilities. http:/,/

We in education tend to be more concerned with the cognitive development of the child. Erik Erikson’s concerns regarding the development of children was about how children socialize and how this affects their sense of self.  “Erikson’s Theory of Psycho-social Development has eight distinct stages, each with two possible outcomes. According to the theory, successful completion of each stage results in a healthy personality and successful interactions with others. Failure to successfully complete a stage can result in a reduced ability to complete further stages and therefore a more unhealthy personality and sense of self. These stages, however, can be resolved successfully at a later time.” (see chart below)