Anger

Becoming angry may be part of an aggressive defence posture you adopt when you feel you cannot escape from your stressor or trigger or when you feel that you don’t have a good chance of victory over whatever you perceive is threatening you. Anger is a natural and healthy emotion but not if it turns to rage and becomes out of proportion with the trigger that made you angry.

Anger as a regular way of responding to those around you can lead to difficulties in relationships, at work, with decision making and may cause physical or psychological harm to yourself or others.

Anger can be a response to loneliness, sadness or fear. Suppressing and storing up anger can be damaging physically and mentally.

Physical signs of an anger emotion

  • a rapid heartbeat
  • faster breathing
  • tension throughout the body
  • restlessness, pacing, and tapping of the feet
  • clenched fists and jaw
  • sweating and trembling

Dealing with Anger

  • count to 10
  • go for a short walk
  • make contact with a person who is not immediately involved, such as a friend, family member, or counsellor

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