Specific Methods, Part 2: Changing One's Own Attitudes
We continue here to consider cognitive methods for eliminating anger. The preceding chapter dealt with reinterpreting the actions and motives of others. The present chapter is concerned with changes we can make about ourselves.
The Buddha understood that our attitudes, beliefs, and values (what we will, for short, call belief systems) give rise to cravings and that these, like any other cravings, can be frustrating. This frustration can, of course, produce suffering. Most relevant to the current topic, this frustration can produce anger.
Examples abound, but a typical instance occurred in a television show that I saw. Before a live audience, a television host had, as guests, four interracial couples and was interviewing them about the problems they encountered. During an audience question period a man stood up and shouted repeatedly at the couples on the stage "You