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Anger is an emotional response to a grievance; real or imagined; past, present or future. Rage refers to an extreme degree of anger associated with a loss of calmness or discipline (in the case of human conduct).
Anger signals your body to prepare for a fight. When you get angry, adrenalin and other hormones are released into your bloodstream. Your blood pressure, puls and respiration rate all go up. Hostility is being ready for a fight all the time. Continual hostility keeps your blood pressure high and may increase your risk for a heart attack or other illness. Being hostile also isolatesyou from other people.
Last Updated -5th July 2006
Noticeable effects of anger include:
- More acute senses.
- Desire to yell or to move quickly and forcefully.
- The eyes are open wider than usual and the pupils are dilated.
- The face reddens, but then may turn pale.
- Increased physical strength.
- Speech and motion are faster and more intense.
- Tense muscles.
- Try to understand the real reason why you are angry.
- Don't ignore anger until you blow up.
- Count to 10 or practice some other form of mental relaxation.
- Try screaming or yelling in a private place, not at other people.
- Go for a walk.
- Talk about your anger with a friend.
- Write about your anger in a journal.
- Draw or paint to release anger.
- When discussing your anger, use "I" statements instead of "you" statements.
- Try to understand the other person's point of view and listen to what the other person has to say.
- Forgive and forget.
- Read books about anger and how to handle it.
When To Call A Physician
- If anger or hostility interferes with your work.
- If anger or hostility interferes with your family life.
- If anger or hostility interferes with your friendships.
- If anger has led or could lead to violence.
- If you feel you want to harm yourself.
- If you feel you want to harm someone else.
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