Are you like the Incredible Hulk?
I saw this Marvel Comics life-size statue of our favorite green superhero, the Incredible Hulk at SM MOA Arena during the Holy Week Retreat 2018 “Deeper”.
Anger was expressively shown in his face with a glaring or hooded look straight to your eyes.
Eyebrows lowered and formed a ‘V’ over the nose. Wrinkles seen on the nose due to flared nostrils. Lips appeared thinner than their normal size. Exposed teeth allows Hulk to threaten his source of anger and often precedes shouting or screaming, an extreme sign of anger.
Anger is a difficult emotion to control. When you are livid with rage, you lose your ability to reason and turn into a monster. You shout, you rage, you smash things and cause destruction.
This statue of Incredible Hulk, the poster boy for anger and destruction, taught me a lot about losing my temper.
The Incredible Hulk debuted in 1962. His alter-ego, Dr. Bruce Banner, was a nuclear physicist working on an atomic bomb, when he accidentally received a huge blast of gamma rays. The rays split Banner into two personalities: one, the mild-mannered scientist he had always been and The Hulk — a walking natural disaster — upon an unprepared world.
Although Banner’s brains are to be prized, the real message is: no matter how smart you think you are, control your emotions or face social rejection.
The Hulk was the embodiment of all of Banner’s repressed emotions. But it was mainly anger that drove the Hulk. The angrier the Hulk became, the stronger he got. Due to the Hulk’s superhuman strength and lack of self-control, he caused untold damage and destruction wherever he went. Naturally, most people feared and viewed the Hulk as a monster.
What then are the dangers of letting anger control you?
Anger Causes You to Say Hurtful Words
The Hulk had very little self-control over the things he said or did. In the midst of anger, it is hard to control the things you say. But when you are angry, you may not even want to do so. Instead, you want to give vent to your anger and frustrations to feel better. Under such conditions, you could say many hurtful things that you would not have said otherwise. Words spoken in anger could cause irreversible harm to a relationship. By then it is too late for regrets. You cannot take back what you say.
Anger Causes Destructive Behavior
You cannot speak of the Hulk without thinking of the destruction he left in his wake. The damage he caused cost billions of dollars. Words alone may not be enough. When you are livid with anger, you could engage in hurtful and destructive behaviour as well. You could do spiteful things just to even the score. While you may not necessarily destroy things like the Hulk, you could hurt people unwittingly on a mental or emotional level.
Anger Makes You a Burden to Others
It comes as no surprise that the Hulk was a danger and a burden to others. Losing your temper is disruptive to the environment around you. It creates a scene that brings everything around you to a halt. When you lose control of your temper, you force people to drop what they are doing to deal with you. Depending on the situation, they may have to accommodate you or put you in your place. This can make you a burden to others and cause them to feel tensed if you lose your temper on a constant basis.
Anger Causes You to Alienate People
One of the challenges that the Hulk faced was his alienation of friends and allies. When you get mad at others, you are bound to do and say things that will have negative consequences. You cannot expect to lose your temper without paying a price for it. After all, you might alienate others in your rage. This could lead to tension in your relationships in the short run. If the damage is deep enough, you could end up turning a friend into an enemy. Repeatedly losing your temper will cause people to dislike you. Although they may not openly admit it, they may be unwilling to lift a finger to help you if you need it.
Anger Turns You Into an Unthinking Monster
When people think of the Hulk, they remember the dumb, angry monster who caused widespread damage and destruction. He was a danger to friend and foe alike because he could not control his temper. This is what anger does when it consumes you. Your rage, which may prove too much for you to handle, clouds your reason and judgment. In the throes of your anger, you could across as an unthinking brute to those around you.
As long as you live in this world, you are bound to get angry at one point or another. Anything can set you off. Even so, it is important not to let your anger get the better of you. Cutting loose and lashing out when you are angry may help you to relieve your rage and make you feel good. But there is a price to pay. The things you say and do in your anger may have grave consequences for you. You should try to avoid losing your temper and turning into a monster.