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The Health Consequences Of Anger

 Definition of anger

Any anger, or revolt, is defined idiomatically as a natural emotion that a person feels when exposed to danger, or following a feeling of fatigue, tension, resentment, or inability to meet basic human needs, and anger can be a reaction to certain negative feelings that can affect a person, whether these feelings are subjective or directed at them by others, perhaps the result of not accepting beliefs, opinions and actions of others.

The Anger


It should be noted that anger is sometimes an acceptable and logical response, but is exaggerated at other times, as this results in unwanted or irrational actions or words, the corresponding person will feel threatened and irritated, and thus negatively affect effective communication with others.

Types of Anger

Anger can be classified into four types which differ according to the causes of anger and the psychological state of the person, which are as follows:

Justifiable anger: 

It is the moral anger resulting from a feeling of injustice, such as feelings that arise due to the suppression of human rights, or violence in society and others, where this emotion can be directed to bring about a positive change, but it remains for a long time deprives a person of psychological comfort and causes him pain.

Annoyance anger:

This is the most common type of anger, and it arises as a result of exposure to frustration and various disruptive situations in daily life, such as feeling angry at the boss of work or life partner, etc., and often this anger results from focusing on the negative aspects of everyday situations.

Aggressive Anger:

This is a destructive type of anger that arises as a result of a person's desire to control, bully, or manipulate others, and it should be noted that repeated aggressive anger turns to bullying others, exposing them to oppression and emotional abuse, and people often get angry in this way to hide feelings such as weakness, fear, or to hide their flaws by imposing control over others. 

Aggressive Anger

Temper tantrums:

It is the anger resulting from not meeting the selfish needs of the individual, which are unreasonable or inappropriate, and often this type of anger begins to appear in childhood, the child begins to get angry when adults do not respond to his or her demands, and chronic temper tantrums negatively affect the person's ability to form healthy and fruitful relationships with others.

The damage of anger to health

Anger negatively affects human health and causes a large number of diseases.

Some of the damage caused by anger on health are:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure due to impact on the heart and blood vessels.
  • Increased blood flow to muscles due to the brain sending commands to divert blood flow to them for physical exertion resulting from anger.
  • The possibility of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Increased body temperature and increased sweating.
  • Headache.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Increased adrenal gland secretion of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are responsible for fear and emotion, and it should be noted that people who suffer from low cholesterol high have more adrenaline secretion than others, which increases the risk of their exposure to atherosclerosis.
  • Feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
  • Causing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

The damage of anger to the family

Family and family relationships are among the most important factors in building an individual's personality.
Given their role in developing communication skills with others inside and outside the family, it is worth noting how negative temper tantrums affect the family, there is a lack of love between individuals and unhealthy behaviors arise that negatively affect the individuals' relationships, the extent of their connection and the way they deal with each other, and thus these behaviors reflect on the individual outside of family while communicating with others.

The presence of a deterrent to stop it, and here highlights the role of the family therapist in developing treatment plans and focusing on exposing bad behavior caused by anger, which helps improve the behavior of individuals in their relationships to become more successful and healthy, and the specialist also helps them improve their ways of thinking to get rid of feelings that cause anger and regain more positive feelings.

Other Wrath Damage

Here are some other damage caused by anger:

  • The effect of anger on a person's self-esteem, as the person realizes after coming out of the state of anger that the situation did not need to be exaggerated in anger and in reaction, which results in a feeling of guilt, shame, and remorse for what behavior.
  • Anger destroys family relationships, marriage, and friendships, due to the individual's inability to control their actions and words during anger.
  • The effect of anger on children's feelings exposes them to seeing negative behaviors that greatly affect their mental health.
  • The effect of anger on the productivity of the individual in his field of work, in addition to increasing negative feelings, like frustration and resentment at work.
  • Causing other unwanted behavior such as violence, mistreatment of others, and sometimes murder.

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