Anger is a normal aspect of the human experience. As people, we tend to judge anger as ‘bad’, when in fact it is healthy to express anger in appropriate circumstances, and to an appropriate degree. Of course we all know people for whom over-reaction is their setpoint. Equally inappropriate is the inability to express anger when the situation warrants it.
From a sports point of view, anger can be harnessed and used to fuel performance. Studies have shown that decreased pain sensitivity and increased strength are integral to the expression of anger, which can be highly beneficial for sports performance. On the other hand, aggression and anger can inhibit performance if not managed.
In all situations involving anger, self-regulation is the key, which is much facilitated by a balanced brain. Thus anger management is key to a successful life. A balanced brain is able to respond rather than react.