Anger Part I
Anger is an imprecise emotion to define. It can start from a minor irritation to a roaring explosion. We become angry in our childhood and it stays with us until we die. It is a hostility that rises when our progress or our intention towards a goal is blocked or interrupted.
Dr. William Channing writes, “I normally weight 150 lbs. but when I am angry, I weigh a ton!”
How much do you weigh when you are angry? There are many reasons that lead us to anger, as anger is a state of inner discomfort or turmoil, a negative reaction to our circumstances. Anger can bring on physical effects on our bodies: high blood tension, ulcers, headaches and other symptoms. We are upset, frustrated, we raise our voices, we explode, and we hit a wall…
People who are tense are the easiest to explode. But sadly, the studies indicate that after an explosion of anger, most people don’t feel better. Exploding is not the solution to anger. For instance, one of the riskiest places to get angry is during our meals, which can also mean we may suffer from indigestion or eat poorly. When we are angry, our nerves send more signals to the brain, which causes that our physical pain (already existing or not yet existing), becomes more intense. An angry person, in consequence, suffers of more physical pain. A relaxed person has less physical pain. People with a good sense of humor recover easier from their illnesses, for instance. Most headaches are caused by emotional and mental distress.
We need to express our anger in a safe and healthy way. How is that possible?