A Collective Cancer

A Collective Cancer

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ~Mark Twain

Two more mass shootings in the U.S. over the weekend.

Anger on display, destructively, again.

A decade ago, I attended a dinner party. One of the guests, seated to my right at the table, was a renowned oncologist.

The conversation turned to cancer. Everyone there had been touched by the illness one way or another.

I asked him if there was any correlation between anger (and other negative emotions)—either suppressed or expressed—and cancer.

He was swift in his firm response. “No. There is no clinical data to support that.”

The table went silent. In the pause that followed, the doctor took a sip of his wine, looked back at me and gave an impish grin.

“But anecdotally? Absolutely. No doubt in my mind.”

So, the medical community as a whole looks for physical causes and scientific proof, yet individual doctors within that community recognize the connection between emotions and cancer.

I’m not suggesting that all anger causes cancer. I am suggesting that the world is manifesting symptoms of a collective cancer.

I am suggesting that if a specialist in the field believes anger contributes to it, maybe it’s time to let yours go.

Because the collective is nothing more than a reflection of the individuals that comprise it.



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Cynthia Barlow

Founder Cynthia Barlow

Facilitator, Author, Coach

Helping businesses build their people

If your people have the skills to communicate more effectively, they can connect more authentically and thus collaborate more productively. Not only on the job, but also in life.

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