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Anger kills

November 24, 2009

THE Malaysian adage “Jangan marah, nanti cepat tua” might not carry much weight for men, especially in the work environment.

This is if the findings of a Swedish study are to be believed.

The study says men who bottle up their anger at being unfairly treated at work are up to five times more likely to suffer a heart attack, or even die from one, than those who let their frustration show.

“It is not good just to walk away after having such a conflict or to swallow one’s feelings,” said a psychologist at the institute.

But venting one’s anger outside of the workplace didn’t seem to take a cardiovascular toll, at least. “Getting into a bad temper at home” was not associated with an increased risk of heart attack or cardiac death, the study found.

The true for men might not be true for female workers. While the study included more than 2,000 women, too few of them had heart attacks or died of heart disease to allow conclusions to be drawn.

Earlier studies have indicated that women use different coping strategies than men. So for women, strategies such as going away and not saying anything might not be good.

Women in general appear to handle stressful situations better than men.

Social interaction, having people to talk to, is extremely important. If you keep things to yourself, you have high levels of stress hormones. Women are more comfortable in social interactions than men. They talk more, while men tend to keep within themselves.

A study, conducted by the Swedish researchers in 2005, found that women did not have the same levels of cardiovascular risk factors as men.

There is no one key to handling on-the-job stress, because the level of stress depends on an individual’s environment, at work and in the home.

Work environment is important. You need interaction between people so that everybody feels they can express their opinions about their work. You shouldn’t come to work with a feeling that no one cares.

And when you go home, it is very important to share your feelings with whomever you are sharing with. Also, you should understand that children learn from the behaviour of parents. You can have a meaningful effect on the long-term health of children by being good role models. The message is that the environment you culture can affect not only your health but also the health of those who are important to you.