What is anger?
Before we discuss the tips on how to manage anger, let’s first define it. Anger, as mentioned, is an emotion. According to APA or the American Psychological Association, anger is characterized by antagonism.
This antagonism stems from the feeling that you have been deliberately wronged. Hence, you can feel anger towards someone or something – an object, a situation, or even a memory.
Additionally, anger is a natural human response, as well as the body’s response, to a perceived threat. This means that even though nothing bad has happened yet, you can still feel angry.
Physically, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, and you release adrenaline – the “fight or flight” hormone, which is our body’s natural response to stress.
Finally, when you’re angry, your muscles tighten and your senses become more acute.
What Happens When You Have Anger Problems?
Having anger issues vary from person to person. According to APA, there are various psychological tests to ascertain the following:
- The intensity of your anger
- How prone you are to being angry
- How well you are managing your anger
However, they also mentioned that if you have anger issues, chances are, you already know about it. For instance, when you’re angry, you become emotionally charged and aggressively positioned. You might do the following:
- Ignore people
- Start fights
- Break things
- Self-harm (this can include cutting yourself, burning your skin, and punching and/or intentionally injuring yourself)
Physically, chronic anger might be linked to heart diseases, like high blood pressure, as well as insomnia, and weakened immunity.
Mentally, it can cloud your mind, cause stress, and can even lead to depression. Unmanaged anger can also scar people emotionally and ruin deeply affect the course of one’s life.