Anger is part of the fight/flight brain response
to a perceived threat of pain.

When a person makes the cognitive choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening/painful behavior of another - anger becomes the predominant feeling.

Pain or the threat of pain can be perceived from written threats to verbal insults. We may not perceive an immediate physical threat, but pain can be felt psychologically making the threat of psychological harm real.

Therefore this emotion can arise without a direct physical threat or an actual other person present. Because of our capacity to imagine the distant future, the threat of pain can also arise purely from our imagination, and not be based on anything happening in the immediate present.

anger and fear
Some individuals, experience "control problems" with this emotion.

This uncontrollable and unpredictable behavior may cause misdirected actions of outbursts towards individuals that are not involved with the situation that triggered the emotion.

This will negatively overflow into their personal, work and social life possibly causing the destruction of relationships, career paths and interactive activities.

There may be flair ups when you have seen nothing that has happened visually to trigger the emotion. Irritability and moodiness are examples of this emotion which are related more to character traits than to instincts.

You may better understand the anger/fear connection if you think of a time when you felt threatened. Perhaps you were driving along when another car suddenly pulled out in front of you.

There was a very quick onset of fear that caused you to leap into action but when the fear subsided didn’t you feel anger at that person that pulled out in front of you?

Why did you feel irritated, you know the person didn't intentionally pull into your path – that’s why these events are called accidents. Yet, they made you fearful of the threat of harm and that turned into anger.

anger and violence

It is at times like these that an individual who already suffers from a control problem with frustration or rage may flare up into an extreme rage, their temper becomes uncontrollable and the outcome may involve violence.

If you, a friend or a family member suffer from fits of intense anger it’s time to acknowledge this problem and seek help to gain control over this part of your life.

Stress that reaches excessive heights due to fits of fury is stress that can be eliminated from your life. Once brought under control this will noticeably increase your physical wellness and decrease your chances of high blood pressure leading to stoke or heart problems.

Forms of Anger

Two forms of negative behavior associated with this mental disturbance are categorized as:



You may think that by not being physical or revealing your outbursts that this will help or resolve the issue, you need to stop and think again. The reactions to your mind and body are still affected even if there isn't any outward bursts of rage.

Some psychologists, have even pointed out the possible harmful effects of suppressing this emotion which can cause feelings of helplessness.

anger and abuse If this is constantly “bottled up” it may lead to violent thoughts or actions, nightmares and even physical symptoms causing illness such as high blood pressure.

This may also aggravate an already present mental health problem such as depression. Many people believe that depression is in fact rage and frustration turned inwards.

The reason for this assumption is because many depressed people react to stress by turning this emotion inward as a response to physical or emotional abuse or neglect from parents or others.

Management of these emotions commonly refers to Anger management techniques which is a system of psychological therapeutic techniques and exercises by which someone with excessive or uncontrollable behavior can control or reduce the triggers, degrees, and effects of this emotional state.

Another side-effect is that it can fuel obsessions, phobias, addictions and manic tendencies.

People who are unable to express and release their fury can fall into a clinical depression or even experience deeper disturbances such as bipolar disorder. This may also fan the flames of paranoia and prejudice, even in normal, everyday situations.

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