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In my counseling experience, I have seen many people get stuck in situations of anger and resentment. I came across this article by Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. and the following is a summary. You may find the original article at Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201501/don-t-let-your-anger-mature-bitterness
Don’t Let Your Anger “Mature” Into Bitterness, by Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
“Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented.” (Gregory Popcak)
The Cause of Bitterness
All bitterness starts out as a hurt. Your emotional pain may well be related to being victimized. Someone has wronged you and caused you grieve. Anger and resentment readily came along. When left to fermentation, anger eventually becomes the corrosive ulcer that is bitterness. Stephen Diamond, Ph.D. defines bitterness as “a chronic and pervasive state of smoldering resentment,” and deservedly regards it as “one of the most destructive and toxic of human emotions.”
The Cost of Bitterness
Prolong your mental and emotional pain
Lead to long-lasting anxiety and/or depression
Precipitate vengeful acts
Prevent you from experiencing the potential joys of living fully in the present
Create, or further deepen, an attitude of distrust and cynicism
Interfere with your cultivating healthy, satisfying relationships
Compromise or weaken your higher ideals
Rob you of vital energy
Undermine your physical health by taxing (or “overloading”) your immune system
Bitterness puts the focus on the person who wronged you. Yet you don’t have any control over the other person. You do have power over yourself. By redirecting your focus inwards is precisely how you go about empowering yourself, to reprieve the entrapment of bitterness.
The Cure of Bitterness
James J. Messina has developed a five-step plan:
(1) Identify the source of your bitterness and what this person did to evoke your resentful feelings;
(2) Develop a new way of looking at your past, present, and future—including how resentment has negatively affected your life and how letting go of it can improve your future;
(3) Write a letter to this person, describing [their] offenses toward you, then forgive and let go of them (but don’t send the letter);
(4) Visualize your better future having neutralized the negative impact of resentment; and
(5) If bitter, resentful feelings remain, return to Step 1 and begin again
Conclusion with quotes:
Daily Prompt: Bitter
Debbie at Forgiving Friday https://forgivingconnects.com/2017/05/12/todays-forgiving-fridays-an-honest-look-at-myself/
Daily Prompt: Reprieve
Daily Post: Song
Music speaks to my soul more deeply than written words, or speaking voices. Inspirational songs and hymns are my favorite. I started singing and taking voice lessons when I was a late teenager. Solo singing was my regular engagement. Several major classical music performances I participated in are:
Felix Mendelssohn’s “ELIJAH,” Johannes Brahms “A GERMAN REQUIEM,” and G. F. Handel’s “MESSIAH.”
This year’s Christmas concert of Handel’s MESSIAH rehearsal has already begun last Sunday, October 30, 2016.
The last song in MESSIAH is “Worthy is the Lamb.” The lyrics and the music touch my heart and humble my spirit:
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and
Hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to
Receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and
Strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Blessing and honour, glory and power be
Unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and
Unto the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.