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.