We, the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM- www.angermanage.co.uk)
Londoners have to cope with a variety of challenges that make city dwelling intense and with the huge influx of people during the Olympics, things intensified. Getting to work took longer, directing lost tourists became tiring, navigating crowds and planning your life around the Olympic events tested your temper.
Our survey awarded participants medals according to how they dealt with their stress and anger.
• Gold for those who kept calm and carried on.
• Silver for those who let the intensity get under their skin.
• Bronze for those who acted out under the pressure.
• No medals for those who expressed their anger negatively and burst into flames!
Out of 1,014 Londoners who took our survey, these were the results:
884 GOLD medals
130 SILVER medals
0 BRONZE medals
This means that the majority of Londoners answered that they dealt with the stress and frustration of the Olympics in a healthy way.
The 87.18% of participants who were awarded gold medals can be classified as Assertive. Their approach indicates that they live a healthy emotional life. They are clear about their needs, and are able to see the big picture. They handled their anger well, by expressing their anger without shaming or belittling other people. They chose the right time and place to deal with the issues that may have arisen.
12.82% of those who took the survey were awarded silver medals, and can be classified as Passive. This group of people are afraid to have an opinion, and afraid to express their feelings because they don’t feel that their opinions are valid and as a result, they are not living life to the full, or engaging in it. This group of passive people could become depressed, if they don’t recognise and deal with this.
What conclusions can be drawn from this? Since the results were overwhelmingly positive, we can deduce that the Olympics were a success. This is also backed-up by the general consensus and reviews that the Olympics ran smoothly and without any major hiccups.
According to Boris Johnson: London definitely ‘delivered’
"There were people who were worried that the transport network would not hold up, and that there would be delays on the Tube, and that our antiquated systems would not cope and that there would be a general embarrassment. Remember them?"
According to Shaun McCarthy (The Environmental Commission Chairman): “London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever”. McCarthy said: "The cheerful volunteers made the experience a joy. I even saw some people on the Tube talking to each other! Why can't it be like that all the time?"
As for those aggressive Britons out there- well done for keeping your cool. The atmosphere that was created by Britons definitely contributed to the success of the Olympics. Cheers to that!