US psychologist Dr Dean V. Leuven does not like to use the term anger management and believes that people should not reach a situation where they can get angry.
Dr Leuven, founder chairman, World Emotional Literacy League, USA, is in Chandigarh for the 3rd International and 5th Indian Psychological Science Congress (IPSC2016), which began on September 28. The three-day seminar is being organised under the aegis of National Association of Psychological Science (NAPS).
Dr Leuven delivered a lecture, “Scientific perspective of the role of anger and impact on life”. The former Air Force Captain spoke on the many aspects of anger and tools we can use to live and co-exist in peace.
“We will get angry if we believe we should. We have a judgmental system of dealing with a situation, terming it good or bad. We need to look at an issue and solve it as a problem, searching for a constructive solution. I came to realise the benefits of being without anger. They were so powerful and life-transforming that I wanted these changes not only for myself, but for the larger good. I made a commitment to learn how to change my response patterns and decided I would no longer accept anger in my life,” he said.
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After developing and personally applying anger elimination tools and techniques, Dr Leuven is sharing his experiences with thousands through his writings, lecture, talks and his organisation.
“I feel peaceful and happy every day. The effort should be to accept and neutralise anger and learn new ways of evaluating a situation and mechanism to develop skills and not be overwhelmed by anger. If we feel competent, we are happy. We have to work with intellect and not emotions, and then we can live life every moment with complete joy,” said Dr Leuven.
Dr Leuven said effective training about emotions, especially at school and college levels, is the need of the hour and a process of training must be a part of the mainstream and not limited to psychology conferences. “We have the power to solve our problems and look at life with a positive manner, without anger,” he said.
Dr Roshan Lal Dahia, conference director and assistant professor, department of psychology, Panjab University,
said: “IPSC 2016 is a three-day international conference proposed on psychological well-being and will explore practical ways to achieve well-being with conceptual clarity. The theme of the conference this year is peace and harmony and the event is also supported by the Global Peace and Harmony organization.”
Panjab University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover inaugurated the conference at the Post-Graduate Government College in Sector 46.
The researchers participating in IPSE2016 are also representing Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran, Pakistan, USA, Spain, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.