Mad about work? Let it out

November 24, 2009
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If you’re angry about unfair treatment at work, and don’t let it out, you’re much more likely to have a heart attack, a new study shows.

The study of men by Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute showed the likelihood of a heart attack rising two- to five-fold. The results were similar for men who dealt with their feelings covertly—without acting out.

Men who yelled or got their frustration out in another active way fared better.

Make sense to you? How do you react when you feel you’ve been treated unfairly?

  • Stockholm U
    So those who work at Stockholm University and don't let their anger out gets Stockholm Syndrome? I know that the syndrome is different than what this article is talking about, but had to point this out.

    On a more serious note, if these studies are true, as long as you don't post it on Facebook or other social networks for the world to see, your boss can't fire you for blowing off steam. There are socially right and socially wrong ways to deal with anger over unfair treatment. Talking through it with a family member or friend is a good start.

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