DEALING WITH INJUSTICE
Being non-violent "doesnt mean being passive"
ANGER GONE AWRY
Newspapers are full of stories about parents who throttle their
children, about adult children who mistreat elderly parents, about spouses abusing each
other, both physically and emotionally. These are examples of anger gone awry. In close
relationships its natural to experience angry feelings on occasion. This
doesnt justify abuse.
ROLE OF HUMOR
Anger is often a bitter, divisive, difficult emotion for all
concerned. Humor isnt always appropriate, but sometimes it can help ease tensions.
Dont use humor to hurt someone or to avoid dealing with
important issues. Its better used, as "laughter is the shortest distance
between two people
ANGER IN A CHILD
A special word of caution for parents with young children: be sure
when you tell them youre angry that you make it clear that it is the childs
behaviour not the child - that you dislike. A child may misunderstand parental
anger and take it to mean he or she is a bad person.