New research suggests constant bitterness can make you ill.
What is bitterness?
It is anger, resentment, and disappointment at being treated unfairly.
Bitterness can be based on one incident or life circumstances.
According to psychologist Dr. Carsten Wrosch, persistent bitterness, when strong enough could affect your health.
“When harbored for a long time,” Wrosch said, “bitterness may forecast patterns of biological dysregulation (a physiological impairment that can affect metabolism, immune response or organ function) and physical disease.”
“In order to deal with bitter emotions there is something required to enable a person to overcome the negative emotion — that something is forgiveness,” said Wrosch.
The first step to overcoming bitterness is to have forgiveness. Some people have definitely experienced some profound events in their life and have every reason to be bitter. However, this emotion does not hurt your offender. It only hurts you. When you forgive, the offending person or situation no longer has power in your life.
Bitterness and associated diseases
There is evidence to show that suppressed anger (bitterness) can be a stimulant to the development of cancer, and also a factor in the progression of the cancer after diagnosis.
Anger (bitterness) frequently accompanies autoimmune diseases.
Proneness to anger (bitterness) places middle-aged men and women at significant risk for Coronary Heart Disease.
Anger (bitterness) initiates the stress response within the body causing blood sugar levels to rise.
It is wise to keep this in mind when your health is deteriorating due to no other known factors or when you get a diagnosis for a disease that is a mystery.
Setting yourself free from this emotional burden may just be a life saver....
Dr. Marike de Klerk