Resentment is often defined as anger and indignation experienced as a result of unfair treatment, and it’s a relatively common emotion.
Those who experience resentment may have feelings of annoyance and shame-they might also harbor a desire for revenge. A person may become resentful as a result of a slight injustice or a grave one, perhaps harboring the same bitterness and anger over a small matter as they would over a more serious issue.
Resentment can appear in many different forms. Some signs you may be harboring resentment include:
Continual or recurring feelings of a strong emotion, such as anger, when thinking about a specific interaction or experience
Inability to stop thinking about the event that triggered the strong emotions
Feelings of regret
Fear or avoidance of conflict
Developing an ability to move on or forgive is considered an important aspect in overcoming resentment, as is acknowledging the feelings underneath the resentment and facing them one at a time. Resentment can intoxicate a person, as feelings of anger and rage lend a false sense of power and do not always encourage a healthy form of expression. But this intoxication can become dangerous, as any intoxication can, when feelings of resentment grow unchecked and turn into hatred.
In many cases, letting go of resentment means forgiving. Some individuals find that making peace with something that happened and moving on works better for them. Regardless of how someone chooses to get rid of resentment, it most likely means adjusting one’s frame of mind or emotional responses.
Those who find it difficult to forgive others for any wrong, no matter how slight, may find some benefit in therapy at Star Point Counseling Center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl.