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Mood-freezing (catharsis) pills

The idea of “catharsis” implies that by releasing our anger, we’ll rid ourselves of all hostile feelings.

In research on “mood freezing,” participants are made to believe that a pill can alter their moods when, in fact, the pill is a placebo.

When these participants are artificially riled up in an experimental situation, and then given the fake pill, they both reduce their angry outbursts and – importantly – say that the feel better.

You don’t have to give yourself an actual, fake, mood freezing pill to reduce your own angry outbursts the next time you get mad.

If you tell yourself you don’t need to express that anger, though, you can derive the same positive benefit.