The physiology of anger, is commonly known as the fight-or-flight response. Anger is a well known phenomenon in which your body’s major systems prepare to either flee from or attack an enemy. The physical reactions include increasing heart rate, narrowing blood vessels and reducing circulation; while the emotional ones include anger/hostility as one of their many symptoms (with other being fear).
The anger you feel towards someone or something is only temporary, and it will pass. One of the best ways to manage your anger is to think about the bigger picture of the situation. Most often than not, the reasons of being angry is superficial and can be passed by positive thinking. Understanding the situation and knowing one’s physiology of anger can help prevent episodes and bring positive light to a situation.
Why Do I Get Angry?
It is not always easy to understand why we feel the ways that we do. However, anger often begins as a defense mechanism against fear and insecurity–the way you react in those moments of panic can serve both your physical needs (such running away) or emotional ones by breaking down into tears or raising the heart rate due to anger/hostility.
What to Do When Angry?
Take a deep breath and count to 10 before speaking as much as you can (“1-2…. 3 4”).
What Happens When One Gets Angry?
Anger changes the way we think and act, which in turn impacts our cognitive processing. Our brains become more focused on automatic responses like raised heart rate or muscle tension as opposed to strategic thinking that is required for a positive outcome. In other words, those who are angry have an harder time thinking clearly and efficiently because their brain’s processing is compromised by changes in autonomic response.