Venting Actually Makes You Madder

Whether through an angry Facebook status, Twitter rant or even an old-fashioned phone call, outlets for venting our inner displeasures are everywhere. The effectiveness of these venting sessions, though, are questionable. While research conducted by Brad Bushman, a psychology and communication professor at the Ohio State University, reveals that people feel better while in the process of venting, a study from 2007 shows that its lasting effects are actually opposite. People who let their anger out by kicking, screaming, texting or Tweeting are far more likely to retain the negative memories than those who refrain from venting.