How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body
Most of our emotions come from the part of the brain called the amygdala. These are almond-shaped structures near the hippocampus, and are located on each hemisphere or side of the brain. One of the functions of the amygdala is to send signals to the body during stressful situations.
When we get angry,the amygdala tells our body’s muscles to become tense, increases our heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. It also focuses all of our attention on whatever we’re being angry at, causing us to disregard everything else.
Being angry also triggers a fight response, causing people to be aggressive or combative when they are angry. This is the reason why some people can get so angry that they say or even do things that they regret later on.
After we get angry, our body then starts to calm itself down. However, the process is not exactly quick. It can take a while for a person to recover from the heightened state while they are angry, sometimes hours or even days, and in this state, people can get irritable and prone to being angry once more.
However, this does not mean that we can’t do anything about our anger. Just like any other emotion, we can learn to control our anger and manage it.