Controlling Emotions: A Lesson from Angry Birds

Do angry birds have a choice to be angry?

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Comments (12)

(11) Anonymous, May 9, 2014 2:23 PM

sublimate anger with creativity or sports

playing sports doing gymnastics or yoga stretching wil quiet all anger. so too arts crafts kids love.

(10) Anonymous, June 12, 2013 7:03 AM

short videos suitable for children

It would be great if you would put up suitable videos on these subjects for children. My grandchildren are always so angry - which they learn from home - I would love to be able to influence them with something meaningful to watch on the computer.

(9) Colonel, May 24, 2013 7:20 AM

Idealistic but...

In this video Angry birds can feel reality the angry "birds" against Israel don't feel the same kindness. They just wanted to wipe out the entire Isreael and jews. It's funny we Christians and jews dwelll in peace campaign while the other side is aggressively exapnding their savage culture and so called religion. You can hear the sound of a clap when two hands join together. What if the other hand wants to destroy you? Sure I can appreciate the video, but it's more like a realm of fantasy. Si vis pacem, para bellum

(8) Feigele, May 8, 2013 12:44 AM

Uncontrolled Anger

Yes, there are many legitimate reasons for being angry but we should not seek justice ourselves, instead we should leave it to the proper authorities. Anger could turn against us if not controlled properly.

(7) Stuart Rosenthal, May 7, 2013 6:21 PM

Feelings and action are "birds of a different feather."

We must differentiate between anger and what we do with it. Not allowing yourself to feel angry is self-destructive. What you do with your anger afterwards is a different story

(6) sharona, May 7, 2013 9:24 AM

while yes there is different anger, some justified, some not. The point is that general anger is not good and we can choose to put it aside and see the good in the general public.

(5) Wassim, May 7, 2013 8:24 AM

Mindfulness vs The Reactive Mind

When you're young, you've yet to learn how to get what you want from the world. You don't understand the world yet. You don't understand what you can do to get what you want. All you know is what you want, and you want it immediately. You demand instant gratification. You want food, you express your feelings. You want that toy, you express your feelings. You want to be burped, you express your feelings. You want the adults in the house to be quite so you can enjoy your nap, your express your feelings. When you're young, you learn to express your feelings, if you want to get what you want. Your mind learns to reactively express the desires that sprout in your mind as a consequence of a preceding stimuli. When you're young, the reactive mind usually receives positive reinforcement (because your parents can't stand to leave you crying). This strategy works pretty well for you, until you hit your teens and your desires (your worldly ambitions) suddenly expand beyond your immediate sphere of influence. Your horizons have been broadened, and now you've got your eye on that pretty girl who doesn't even know you exist. Why don't you just 'express your feelings' to her and see how receptive she is? Who knows, maybe she finds the idea of playing Play Station games appealing! Go on, give it a shot! ... No, all of a sudden, you know better. You know it just won't work. You may not realise it, but this is the beginning of the end for your innocence... And, if you don't learn a new strategy (for how to get what you want), it might just be the beginning of the end for you altogether. "Oh dear! I'm much too young for this politics" you think to yourself... but your ambition has got you in a trance. You're enchanted. You're under her spell, and you don't even know it. You probably think she'll be impressed if you score a goal with a scissor-kick or come up with a novel and elaborate dance for the post-goal celebrations! Hah! Think again. Learn to CONSIDER things HOLISTICALLY.

(4) Rafi Hecht, May 5, 2013 10:22 PM

The eggs were the motive

The reason for the hatred was because the pigs stole the birds' eggs, which is the source of life for them. This wasn't just pure pride. The next time Hamas blows up our children chas veshalom I will remember this video! Thanks a lot :-(

(3) ChaimZeev, May 5, 2013 6:39 PM

Only in a fairytale

Sorry, here in the Middle East true kindness will only be responded to with hatered

Anonymous, May 7, 2013 4:17 PM

Middle East and be kind I'm not agree. As long as some people teaching hate. We need Kind David who was fight with the enemy and not get in to explanation .

(2) Anon, May 5, 2013 6:03 PM

Stolen Eggs

In the actual game, the birds are mad at the pigs because the pigs stole and ate their eggs. It wasn't just a matter of pride; it was a matter of wrongdoing remembered. The problem with that is that when we hold onto a wrong somebody else has done to us, we also hold on to our anger. Hitting the blind pig still would have been wrong, but if one does it 'for the eggs,' then one could feel justified.

Anger may be a choice, but it's a choice one needs to consider carefully. You need to be aware of yourself, what you've lost, and what you stand to lose in order to get rid of certain kinds of anger.

Delightful video, though. :)

(1) steve, May 5, 2013 2:41 PM

Very cute! and clever

nicely done -- my kids loved it. Great message


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