Angry outbusts

Anger is a very normal, often healthy, human emotion and most people have experienced it at some point during their life.

It is an extremely powerful emotion and is nature’s way of empowering individuals to protect themselves against a perceived attack or threat. It is only the mismanagement of anger that causes problems. When anger becomes out of control it can have many negative consequences, including damaging relationships, causing problems at work, domestic abuse, road rage, violence and generally affecting the overall quality of an individual’s life (and often the lives of others around them).

What is anger?

When an individual becomes angry, their heart rate and blood pressure increases as chemicals such as adrenalin are pumped through their body. Releasing this tension (often verbally or physically) may accompany these physical changes. However some individuals may not release this tension and suppress their anger. This usually leads to a build up of emotions causing them to ‘explode’ when it all becomes too much.

The goal of anger management is to control both the emotional feelings and physiological arousal that anger creates. Recognising anger and learning to express it in the correct way can help individuals handle emergencies and solve problems easier. The key is to learn how to react calmly when something causes those feelings of anger, without lashing out, shouting or becoming violent.

Symptoms of anger

  • aggressive behaviour
  • hostility
  • explosive outbursts
  • social withdrawal due to anger
  • verbal or physical abuse
  • tense muscles
  • clenched jaw.

Causes of anger

Anger can be caused by both internal and external events and if it starts to interfere with an individual’s everyday life and relationships, help should be sought. Some of the most common causes of anger include frustration, hurt, threats, annoyance, harassment and disappointment. Other physical conditions found to initiate anger can be fatigue, hunger, hormonal conditions and sexual frustration. Each person is different and may react to certain conditions more than others.

Treatment for anger

Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing can sometimes help calm down angry feelings. If anger is affecting everyday life, counselling can often help to develop a range of techniques for changing the way an individual thinks and behaves.

Hypnotherapy can also help an individual to change the way they think or behave in situations that cause their anger to flare up. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can often help identify the root cause of the problem and help the individual to learn how to deal with it in a calmer, more relaxed way.


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