Ryan C. Martin, UW-Green Bay associate professor of Human Development and Psychology, published an article on online ranting a few weeks ago and it’s gotten some coverage in the press. Despite the initial sense of relief you get afterward, research shows that venting causes more anger and aggression in the long term. In fact, anything done with the intent of blowing off steam — whether it’s writing a passive-aggressive email or mentally venting during a run — is counterproductive. Why? It prolongs the amount of time you spend focusing on negative feelings, says Martin. Here’s a post about it in Women’s Health: click here.
Another article was written about it and picked up by US News: click here.