Anger is a natural, emotional response that ranges in intensity from mild annoyance to full blown rage. Everyone experiences anger, and it can be caused by a number of factors – both internal and external.
Like any other emotional response, the feeling of anger is accompanied by certain physiological changes, including:
- Increased heart rate
- Increase in blood pressure
- Increase in adrenaline and non-adrenaline levels
When confronted by a possible threat, our bodies channel this emotion so we can respond aggressively to defend ourselves. Of course, this threat can come in the form of a person cutting you off on the highway, or from your own negative or anxious thoughts.
Anger is a perfectly normal and healthy emotion. However, when it becomes chronic and explosive, it can easily spiral out of control and cause serious consequences not only in your work and social interactions, but also your health and state of mind. To control and manage your anger requires a deeper understanding into the reasons that cause your emotional outbursts as well as anger management counseling to learn healthy coping skills.
We all know what anger is and what it can feel like. While anger is a normal, usually healthy, emotional response to a perceived threat, anger can also get out of control and turn destructive. This can lead to serious problems in our personal lives and work places. It can be very frightening to get so angry we feel out of control of our emotions and our reactions to others.