by Marty Brenner
Would you die for your beliefs? You would if moral anger made your sense of right and wrong more powerful than self-preservation. Moral anger is an extremely potent emotion that makes you “more right” in an argument than your opponent because you feel your reasons are more ethically sound than anyone else’s. You feel your moral standards always put you on the high ground in any situation.
You find yourself very angry when you have to defend your moral beliefs and values. It is difficult for you to discuss your political, social or religious views without becoming embroiled in a heated argument. You know it will just make you angry, but you can’t stop yourself from feeling outrage whenever you sense something or someone acting in an immoral way. Sometimes, you burst at the seams and express your moral outrage directly to those terrible, evil people who have offended your sense of right and wrong. Moral anger is a chronic, destructive style of anger that places a high emphasis on personal ethics while diminishing the importance of tolerance and diversity.
Anger is a natural response to mortal danger. Anger gives you the power to take action against your enemies and protect yourself in times of trouble. When you feel moral anger, you are reacting to something you find morally dangerous to your existence. Moral anger is a way of expressing your ethical standards, a communication to your enemy that his behavior or belief system is wrong and unacceptable.
Your anger is triggered by what people say and do. You find their words or actions morally reprehensible. You feel these people possess no ethical values or are inherently evil. Furthermore, moral anger is an expression that you believe their particular brand of evil is detrimental and intolerable to you, your family and to society in general.
You feel you are always right in an argument, that your morals justify your point of view regardless of whatever reasons or opinions the other person may have. Moral anger allows you to be untouchable and above the reproach of common man. When in the grips of moral anger, you may feel your ideas and emotions were given to you and only to you, directly by god and above any man-made laws. You never have to contemplate the possibility that you were wrong, or that your moral anger inflicts pain upon another person because the cause of your anger is higher than any self-interest. Being right justifies anger’s might.
Moral anger has its place in a healthy society and can be an appropriate expression of mankind’s constant social evolution. Moral anger is the driving force behind many positive changes in the rules and regulations of society, like ending slavery and child pornography. Handled poorly, however, moral anger becomes a cloak of hatred and self-righteousness. A person who envelops himself in moral hatred converts everyday moments into epic battles between right and wrong. To her, everyone who lives outside her moral boundaries is a monster or devil, completely devoid of any redeeming qualities. Episodes of moral anger can last for days or weeks, even years, weaving itself into the fabric of your personality.
Marty has been providing guidance and counseling for the last 20 years to a wide and diverse range of people.
Individuals challenged with various addictions including but not limited to – substance abuse, alcohol, and anger.
Marty is a certified chemical dependency counselor and anger management facilitator.
Affectionately known as “Marty”, he has positively influenced and helped reshape the lives of many people in recovery, ranging from ex-cons to his high profile clients in the Delray Beach, Florida.
Marty is an excellent resource with in-depth knowledge of all of the current trends in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields, as well as individual options for successful recovery outcomes.
Today, residential facilities simply aren’t an option for many clients with busy work schedules and travel conflicts, which is why Marty tailors programs to meet the needs of these clients, whether it be in his office or a location of their choosing.
His approach is casual and non-threatening. Marty is very kind and caring.
As you know, it is difficult to convince clients that anger management or substance abuse treatment is critical. Career commitments, privacy, reputation and other concerns may conflict in making treatment the priority it should be.
It is Marty’s primary goal to help people rebuild lives using tried and true techniques.
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