Understanding and dealing with anger

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Caring for the elderly people in nursing homes is a subject of increasing interest as aging population around the world increase. Caring can be considered an essential aspect of the process of nursing. There are several approaches used to practice caring: skillful comportment (Benner, 1991), a join construction of meaning by both the care-giver and the care-receive (Parker, 1990), and a practice based upon mutual responsiveness (Tronto, 1993). In this paper I will explore a concept of anger in a person losing of independency and how nurse care for him. There are several themes used to describe the concepts of care: knowing, interaction and empathy.

Anger is an emotion or feeling common to everyone. According to the frustrating-aggression theory, anger is generated in response to a situation that we experience as frustrating or out of control (Garnham, 2001) Other theories state anger is a reaction in response to “(1) conditions of disrespect and injustice, (2) irresponsibility of others, (3) and powerlessness to get someone or something to change”.

(Thomas, 1998) Faulkner (1994) said that feeling of hopelessness may occur when individual face the reality that they are likely to being trapped in a situation from which there seems no escape. Depression may result from the feeling of hopelessness and cause the patients to feel angry. She said that loss of control is another common cause of anger when patient feel they have been “taken over” by the illness, health professionals. Anger is mediated by one’s thoughts about what happened and is proportionate to one’s perception of the offense. Anger may is a reaction to the knowledge that a disease is advanced that they will not realize their ambition, such as developing their career or reaching certain milestones. An independent person who is transformed into a dependent person mostly deal with...