Typically, the anger we experience can be useful in responding to a threat or feeling assertive. However, expressing this anger need not imply that you are hurting anther individual. But sometimes the anger you experience, whether a slight snappiness or complete rage, is beyond your control and creates problems in all spheres of life. It can be destructive to the relationships you have with different people, your work environment and role, as well as to you.
The issue with anger issues is that they make you act against your own best interests. One tends to give in to anger thereby creating a momentary sense of power (as opposed to feeling valued), over what is making you feel vulnerable (Stosny, 2015). Thus when your anger causes you to behave aggressively or violently, it can lead to numerous problems.
There are often physical symptoms of anger related problems:
Other symptoms may involve:
There are various types of anger issues that may be seen. These may include chronic anger, being passive aggressive, anger from feeling overwhelmed and perhaps even anger that is self-caused.
Anger that is not allowed any form of expression outwards, can form a dangerous response as it becomes directed inwards. This form may cause issues such as hypertensions, increased blood pressure and other physical issues. It may even lead to problems like depression.
Anger management is a crucial aspect to treating one’s anger issues. It works towards decreasing the physiological arousal that occurs, as well as the emotional distress. The key of this form of therapy is to work on controlling how one reacts to any trigger or stimuli. It may include methods such as cognitive restructuring, problem solving skills, relaxation techniques, improving communication etc.
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