Don’t Get Mad … But Your Anger May Not Have Much To Do With Your Health

A new study shows that Asian societies do not experience the same anger-poor health link prevalent among Western populations

Heather Cho, the disgraced Korean Air vice president who resigned after she angrily demanded a plane return to its gate at John F. Kennedy airport due to the way she was served nuts onboard, is used as an example of the anger-high status link in Asian cultures

For some cultures, expressing your anger is linked to good health. Published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, a new study tracks Japanese and American subjects, studying their cardiovascular health and inflammation markers as well as their anger. What results is a clear distinction. Americans with greater expression of anger tend to have a higher biological health risk, while Japanese with higher anger expression enjoy a lower biological health risk.

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