|Tips for Managing Anger|
What is Anger?
Mosby’s Medical Dictionary defines anger as follows:
“An emotional reaction characterized by extreme displeasure, rage, indignation, or hostility. It is considered to be of pathologic origin when such a response does not realistically reflect a person's actual circumstances. However, expressions of anger vary widely in different individuals and cultures and may be considered functional under certain controlled circumstances.”
According to the American Psychological Association, anger “can be caused by both external and internal events. You could be angry at a specific person (Such as a coworker or supervisor) or event (a traffic jam, a canceled flight), or your anger could be caused by worrying or brooding about your personal problems. Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.”
The Effects of Anger on Your Health
There are varying degrees of the effects of frequent, intense anger on the human body. They include:
Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
Severe chest pains
Decrease in bone density
A weakened immune system
Acid reflux and gastric ulcers
Tension headaches, migraines, and insomnia
A reduction in metabolism and thus, weight gain
Compromised lung function
Stroke and heart attack
To read more about how stress negatively affects you, please read “What Stress Does to Your Body” on WebMd.com .
Anger and the Effect on Children
According to University of Notre Dame psychologist E. Mark Cummings:
"Parents don't realize that children are sensitive to their conflicts. But we find they are sensitive at very early ages — starting at 1 year of age, at least. Children are like emotional Geiger counters with regard to their parents' relationship. If parents really resolve things, children will know it. If they don't, children will know that, too."
You can read more here.
Is All Anger Bad?
According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Being angry isn't always a bad or negative thing. Being angry can motivate people to listen to your concerns. It can prevent others from walking all over you. It can motivate you to get involved with causes that you care about. The key is managing your anger in a healthy way.”
So the key is to control your anger.
Resources to Help with Controlling Anger
“Anger Management” from Villanova University
“Dealing With Anger”: resources for parents on how to manage your children’s anger.