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Updated: Jun 25, 2019

I believe it is important to know what anger IS, before we learn about how to deal with it. One has to learn about your “enemy”, before you can conquer it. Now follow me, and I will show you the truth about this emotion.


Facts and Statistics About Anger

First off, how about we go over some simple statistics. If nothing else, these will remind you that you’re not the only one who has troubles with anger.


So here we go!


More than 1 in 10 have trouble controlling their own anger


More than 1 in 4 say that they worry about how angry they sometimes feel


1 in 5 people say that they have ended a relationship or friendship because of how they have behaved when they were angry.


Now listen anger is a normal and natural feeling. Being angry doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you. Nor does it make you a “bad person”. If you think that way, I urge you to change your thoughts within the near future.

Whichever way you look at things, anger can serve an important purpose. It helps us, communicate, helps us stand up for ourselves, and alerts us to things that are important to us. Anger may stick around longer than needed, but helps tune into our body. Often our body knows how we’re feeling before we do. Don’t forget that it is always possible to be angry and stay in control of how we behave.


One thing you can do, is put yourself in the shoes of the other person. This can help you cool that fire. The best thing to do? Communicate! Either with the person you are angry with. Or with yourself, talking about the subject or object that disdains you.

The physiological effects I found on a site called “www.nicabm.com” (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine). The image below is not my image, it’s from the above mentioned site



As I’ve said before, your body will know if you’re angry before you do. Here are some physical signs of anger.


-Clenched jaw or grinding teeth

-Muscles shaking or trembling

-Body tensing

-Sweating. Usually sweating palms

-Headache

-Stomachache

-Heat flushing the neck and face


The next image is “The Gottman Institutes Anger Iceberg” It shows what really is happening under the surface. Which will lead us into more facts about anger.



First off, let’s discuss the difference between anger and aggression. Anger is an emotion with physiological effects. Meanwhile aggression is a behavior defined as: “hostile or violent behavior or attitudes toward another; readiness to attack or confront.” Aggression is anger in motion.


There are some negative sides to anger. Smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise can exacerbate the effects of the emotion. Uncontrolled anger is even linked to stroke and heart attack. And anger can trap you.

But don’t get discouraged. Anger is not all bad. You can transform it into useful action. As well as using anger as a motivation. On side note, humor can defuse anger.


Here are a few other facts about anger:

-Perfectionists are prone to anger

-People aren’t always the triggers of anger

-It’s easier to feel anger than hurt

-Anger gets attention.

-Anger comes from an overblown sense of self-importance


That’s it for now. Until next time, Namaste

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