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361. The Power of 15

Park,Seon-joo 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

    Nowadays, the number of people who fail at managing their anger and have big mistakes has increased. It has become a new social issue. According to some research, reported by Korean Academy of Psychiatry, more than half of Korean adults have trouble controlling their anger, and one out of ten people need medication and careful psychotherapy. Moreover, many reports say that this trend is likely to increase.

 

    In fact, it is difficult to control ourselves when we are extremely upset. Doctors also agree with this. They say that it is related to a “stress hormone”. During anger, some hormones such as Adrenalin are released, and then our hearts beat faster and we breathe shallowly. The most significant impact is that the hormones make the frontal lobe, a brain region that keeps emotions in control, paralyzed for a while. Therefore, it is hard to control ourselves and think rationally at that time.

 

    However, hopefully, the hormones do not bother us for a long time. Instead, they reach a peak in 15 seconds and they are naturally degraded in 15 minutes. Doctors advise that we need try to make it a habit to wait at least that amount of time, by taking a deep breath, which makes the hormones degrade quickly. After this, we could handle the situation more rationally. The advisors believe that how we spend this short time makes a big difference.

 

    As a new semester and month begin, we might make new resolutions. I hope we make our resolutions in order to be healthy inside, especially, when facing anger, by making a small habit like the one mentioned above. This small change creates a big difference in our lives and society.

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