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Why am I angry?
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. It can give you a way to express negative feelings or motivate you to find solutions to problems. But excessive anger can cause problems.
When chronic, explosive anger spirals out of control, it can have serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. With insight about the real reasons for your anger and anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from controlling your life.
The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. It’s perfectly healthy and normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged. The feeling isn’t the problem—it’s what you do with it that makes a difference. Anger becomes a problem when it harms you or others.
If you have a hot temper, you may feel like it’s out of your hands and there’s little you can do to tame the beast. But you have more control over your anger than you think. You can learn to express your emotions without hurting others—and when you do, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll also be more likely to get your needs met.
Mastering the art of anger management takes work, but the more you practice, the easier it will get. And the payoff can be huge. Learning to control your anger and express it appropriately can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a healthier, more satisfying life.
Recognizing the Physiological Signs of Anger
By recognizing the physiological signs of anger, we can train ourselves to know when it is time to take measures to make sure that our level of anger does not get out of control. Here are some symptoms of anger:
Physiological Symptoms of Anger:
- Unconscious tensing of muscles, especially in the face and neck.
- Teeth grinding
- Breathing rate increases dramatically
- Face turns red and veins start to become visible due to an increase in blood pressure
- Face turns pale
- Feeling hot or cold
- Shaking in the hands
- Heart rate increases
- Adrenaline is released into your system creating a surge of power.
Behavioral Symptoms Of Anger:
- Self destructive behavior.
- Explosive outbursts leading to physical attack or destruction of property.
- Exaggerate hostility to unimportant irritants.
- Rapid and harsh judgment statements made to or about others.
- Use of body language such as tense muscles, clenched fist or jaw, glaring looks, or refusal to make eye contact.
- Use of passive-aggressive behaviors.
- Social withdrawal due to anger.
- Refusing to complete assignments on timely basis.
- Refusing to follow instructions or rules.
- Complaining about authority figures behind their back.
- Refusing to participate in activities when this behavior is expected.
- Authority is challenged or disrespected.
- Verbal abusive language is utilized.
This screening is intended solely to help identify the need for help with anger management. It’s intended to educate and not designed to provide a clinical diagnosis. Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of this disclaimer.