We talk with a UW-Green Bay psychology professor Ryan Martin about his new book on anger, and how it can be used for positive change. We also talk a bit about how race and gender shape society’s perceptions of who is allowed to get angry.
In the the past few days, UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of John Kuhlmann, longtime librarian for the Marinette Campus, and Sarah Schuetze, assistant professor of English and Humanities on the Green Bay campus. In a message to the campus community Sunday, Chancellor Mike Alexander noted, “This is a great loss to our university community and to their respective fields. Our students have lost respected mentors and we have lost not just colleagues, but friends.”
A visitation for John Kuhlmann, will be Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cadieu Funeral Home, 549 10th Ave, Menominee. Campus friends and family are invited to attend. Masks are required. Please see the full obituary.
Plans honoring Sarah Schuetze have not yet been announced.
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It took an us against them mentality fueled by decades of online chatter, a deep mistrust of others and widely repeated false claims of voter fraud to spark the violent riots Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.It will take an all-out effort to rebuild some of that trust and needs to start by leaders telling a shared truth about the elections, according to two Wisconsin experts in anger and government.The riots, which left five people dead including a U.S. Capitol police officer, might become a turning point for that change, said Arnold Shober, professor of government at Lawrence University in Appleton.
Ryan Martin has been watching that lack of faith develop for two decades since he began to study online anger. Martin is a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who has studied anger for over 20 years.
He noticed that two topics “bring out the worst in people.”
One was sports. The other was politics.
The most significant reason for that, Martin said, is both sports and politics tend to push people so far toward opposing sides that they begin to see each other as actual enemies.
GREEN BAY (WLUK)—It seems these days that everyone is angry. Angry about politics. About racial injustice. About the pandemic. But a local researcher says there are ways you can harness that anger for good. UW-Green Bay Professor Ryan Martin (psychology) has a new book out on the topic: “Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change.” Martin appeared on Good Day Wisconsin to talk about why people are so angry and what we can do to cope with that anger.Martin offers more resources for healthy anger management on his website www.alltheragescience.com.
After the violence in our nation’s capital there are calls for the removal of the president from office. Kris Schuller explains how that would work if the president’s Cabinet were to invoke the 25th Amendment. “You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” said President Trump. Long after his supporters stormed the Capitol, President Trump finally released a one-minute-long video telling them to go home. But also making clear how he felt about the violent mob.“We love you, you’re very special,” Trump said. President Trump releases new video condemning violence; commits to peaceful transfer of power And those words coming from the president in the middle of this chaos have many on Thursday demanding he be removed from office.“It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois). “The president is unfit and the president is unwell and the president must now relinquish control of the Executive Branch voluntarily or involuntarily.” The 25th Amendment creates a way to designate a head of state when the president is disabled or dies. But it also includes a process for removing the president’s power, when others think they’re unable to do their job. With the results certified, what could be next for Donald Trump? “You need the vice president to actually take that first step and you need the people in his Cabinet to agree,” said David Helpap (Political Science), a UW-Green Bay political science professor.
UW-Green Bay Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Psychology Ryan Martin will launch his new book, “Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change.” The two, free, live, virtual events will be via Facebook:
Jan 12, 7 p.m. (CST)
Jan 14, Noon (CST)
He will also be featured with host Lisa Malak on Local 5, WFRV-TV, Live at about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2021.
Both provide the same content and format but the noon launch is to accommodate a UK audience. Look for Martin on WPR’s Central Time at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. Find out more about the book on a previous post.
The fifth annual WiSys Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, Feb. 25, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration, and public presentation skills. Innovations are broadly defined—a product, service, social approach, etc. A competition packet and list of mentors is sent to those who register. Questions? Reach out to Brad Ricker firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Kauth email@example.com for more information. Register now for the Feb. 25 virtual competition! Register as an individual or as part of a team. Individuals interested in forming a team will be connected with other interested individuals that sign up to compete. See additional Information and event registration. Cash prizes.
Quick Facts about the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition:
- Started in 2017, this year will be the 5th year of the competition.
- The competition this year is on Feb. 25, 2021 and will be held virtually for the first time
- Typically, about nine student teams (25-40 students) compete each year
- The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation (www.wisys.org)
Here’s a little advice that UW-Green Bay Prof. Ryan Martin shared with Psychology Today, recently:
New Year’s Day is synonymous with self-improvement and new beginnings. People use it as a jumping-off point to embrace healthier diets, new workout programs, and other lifestyle changes. Those changes, though, shouldn’t be limited to just your physical health. You can and should embrace changes to impact your emotional and psychological well-being, too. In fact, given the interplay between our physical and emotional health, those attempts to improve our psychological well-being will likely go a long way toward helping with our physical health goals. With that in mind, and because I study anger, here are five New Year’s Resolutions you should embrace if you are looking to experience healthier anger.
1. Take care of yourself physically. Your anger is likely more of a problem when you are tired, hungry, stressed, or in an otherwise unpleasant mood. While we can’t always prevent those negative moods, we can take steps to minimize how often we find ourselves in them by taking care of ourselves. Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy meals regularly, and getting frequent exercise. Taking time to take care of yourself will help minimize how angry you get when you experience those routine frustrations.
2. Think about the provocations you invite into your life. While some frustrations might just happen to us, there are others that we actively invite into our lives. Sometimes that is OK—maybe even good for us—but sometimes it becomes unnecessary. Maybe you don’t need to see your politically polar-opposite cousin’s Facebook posts? Maybe watching the football game you get so angry about isn’t necessary? Maybe you can leave a few minutes earlier for work each morning to avoid traffic and feeling rushed? While it wouldn’t be healthy to try to avoid every provocation out there, we don’t need to actively seek out frustrations, either. Try to decide which provocations are worthwhile and which ones you can skip.
3. Learn how to decrease your anger in the moment. When you do get angry, make an effort to decrease that feeling in the moment so it doesn’t get out of hand (even though anger is a healthy emotion, it can be unhealthy when extreme or long-lasting). You can do this by taking time to breathe deeply, by visualizing a pleasant experience or a positive outcome, or by using some other relaxation method. Even slowly counting to 10 can help you decrease that unwanted anger so you can move on.
4. Think about your thoughts. There are several types of thoughts that tend to exacerbate how angry you get in the moment. For some, the problem is that they catastrophize (i.e., they blow things out of proportion with thoughts like “This is going to ruin my entire day”). For others, it’s that they make unreasonable demands of people in their life with thoughts like “They should drop what they are doing to help me right now”). These thoughts (you can take a survey to learn more about yours) can make already unpleasant situations feel far worse to us. At the same time, though, we are able to investigate our thoughts and catch ourselves when we catastrophize, label, or blame people in unreasonable and unhealthy ways. Doing so will often serve to decrease unwanted or unhealthy anger.
5. Consider how you express your anger. Not only is it OK to be angry sometimes, it’s actually good for you in that your anger can serve as fuel that energizes you to confront injustice and to solve problems in your life. The key, of course, is how you express it. A healthy approach to dealing with anger is to find ways to channel that anger into positive prosocial solutions. For instance, problem-solving, protesting, writing poetry or literature, and creating music or other forms of art can all serve as healthy and positive outlets for expressing anger.
One of the things we do when we get angry is assign blame. When something negative happens to us, we make a decision about who is responsible and why they did what they did. In fact, misattributing causation is associated with anger.How, though, do we handle things when there is no obvious culprit? What do we do when there’s really no one to blame (i.e., bad weather, illness)? Or, what if we’re the ones to blame?
…What should we do in these circumstances? First, it’s okay to acknowledge that sometimes bad things happen without a particular responsible party. Second, try to adjust your focus from finding the offender to finding the solution. Part of the reason we look for the offender is that we don’t like it when things feel out of control. Focusing on a solution is a way of taking back some of that control.
Ideally, game officials would worry about what is happening on the field: holding penalties, offside calls and determining whether a basketball play was a block or charge.However, that is not the referees’ reality. They are being called out by coaches on the sidelines, and fans are relentless while judging calls from over 100 feet away.The average age of an official in Georgia is 57 years old, and the average goes up every year with younger people leaving the profession.
Listen to the expert …
Ryan Martin is a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has published multiple articles and led TED Talks about anger.
He believes the reason fans lash out at officials is because it is the closest they can get to being on the field.
“I think, and this part can be a little sad, they have as much invested in the game as their kids do,” Martin said. “Seeing their son or daughter win or lose is an extension of them. Because they have so much invested in it and they are on the sidelines powerless, maybe trying to intervene that way is a mechanism. They think since I can’t do anything from over here, I can at least yell.”
Martin said fan behavior changes with the success of the team or organization. Everyone affiliated or connected to a group feels like they are part of it because of the time spent with it.