IPL fan killed over cheering for Rohit Sharma’s wicket; expert says extreme rage an underlined mental concern

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New Delhi: The cricket craze in India is not hidden. With the 17th season of Indian Premium League, the fans are on the edge of every match. While IPL is a festival of cricket for many, in a recent incident, it became deadly for a fan. As per the media reports, an IPL fan was attacked by a friend and nephew for celebrating former captain of Mumbai Indian, Rohit Sharma’s wicket.

The incident took place in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur, where both the victim and culprits were watching IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. The man, aged 63, was beaten repeatedly with a wooden block by Balawant Jhange (50) and nephew Sagar, as reported by Times of India. The victim was hospitalised but succumbed to injuries on Saturday.

Such disturbing incidents are unfortunately not rare. Anger taking over the control of an individual’s conscious has been a problem since the past few years. Let’s deep dive into the psychology of anger and decisions taken at that time.

How anger control is an issue?

Dr Rachna K Singh, a mental health professional at Artemis Hospital, New Delhi, earlier shared that such extreme emotions are not healthy at all. These emotions are not only detrimental for self but also for the people around.

The expert added that while it is normal to feel negative emotions but when they uncontrolled they can rage into something as severe as murder. She said, “Anger, jealousy, and irritability are normal negative emotions that one undergoes on regular basis. However, when these negative emotions convert into uncontrollable rage and anxiety, it should be considered dangerous.”

She said, “Extreme emotions that can reason murder or any other immoral act should be a concern.” There can also be a link to an underlined mental health concern. “There is a higher possibility of predisposing mental health issues linked to extreme emotions,” the expert added.

Ways to control anger?

These strategies have been listed by American Psychological Association (APA). According to the APA, the goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. Here are a few ways to control your anger.

Relaxation: Deep breathing, relaxing imagery or calming music can help reduce the intensity of the angry feelings. Research has also proved that regular practice of yoga can also help in anger management in the long run.

Changing your environment: Most of the time, the anger released at a certain time is not only because of one moment. It could be contained thoughts that found a way out. Here, it is essential to give yourself a break. Make sure you have some “personal time” scheduled for times of the day that you know are particularly stressful.

Work-life balance: The stress from work is now a known cause of several mental and physical burden. Obsessively focusing on one’s career can lead to higher amount of stress which can affect mental health.

Find hobbies: Opting for a hobby alongside your career can be a help. Not just in controlling emotions but also in managing stressful situations.

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