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Outburst Of Anger Part Of National Grieving Process, Psychologists say

Rash acts of violence and vigilante witch-hunting unfolding in the streets since His Majesty the Late King’s death is part of the collective grief process the nation is going through, a psychologist said.

anger-thailandAnger is a phase of grieving that is being expressed through such acts in an attempt to control how others grieve, said Adipat Chaichanasakul, a psychologist at BNH Hospital.

“The desire to control others – such as what color they’re wearing – can make some people feel like they are regaining control,” Adipat said.

He was speaking about the rash of attacks involving alleged royal insults and shaming of people for not wearing black in public that have occurred in the week since King Bhumibol died.

Adipat said the other stages of grief – denial and sadness – are on display as well, from posts on social media expressing disbelief to public displays of sorrow.

People will reach the final stage of acceptance at different rates: Some have already gotten there, while others will need years.

“There’s no definite timeline for grief,” the psychologist said. “The most important thing to keep in mind is understanding. Don’t judge others who grieve differently from you.”

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