Report By: Nina Rai
Sydney, 11 March, 2012
Are you one of those facing anger issues? Unable to control your temper, feel like screaming at queue jumpers or sly colleagues or bossy people – well now there is an easy way out. NO you don’t need to do meditation or even count to ten to control your rage, all you got to do is a slightly odd kind of exercise – just use your 'wrong hand' claims a study.
Dr Thomas Denson of the University of New South Wales in a study showed that people who were able to use their non-dominant 'wrong hand' up to two weeks were able to keep their aggression in check much better. So if you are right handed, you are told by Dr. Denson to make use of your left hand ‘for pretty much anything that is safe to do.’
Thus for instance if you are right handed you must try to get into the habit of switching on TV, opening a door, using remote controls or stirring a cup of tea etc with your non-dominant left hand, while the left-handers must do just the opposite as according to Dr. Denson ‘This requires people to practice self control because their habitual tendency is to use their dominant hands.”
Dr. Denson opines that practicing self-control is not really different from getting better at a hobby we indulge in like say golf or playing piano. It is basically self control which keeps us from hitting out at queue breakers or throttling scheming colleagues. Dr. Denson’s findings have been published in the Current Directions in Psychological Science journal.
Dr Denson also believes that the more you practice controlling your impulses over long term, the more your self control capacity gets stronger over time “It is just like practicing anything, really - it is hard at first.” But, over a period of time, it can make anything annoying easier to deal with.
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