When Anger Makes Us Sick

When anger makes us sick

Anger is one of the most powerful emotions a person can experience. It comes in many forms: resentment, anger, intolerance, harassment, etc. All of these have in common discomfort and a desire to face another person. And believe it or not, anger makes us sick.

It is a feeling we all experience. At first, it is positive. After all, anger is a reaction to something we interpret as a threat. It strengthens our identity to the extent that it leads to the expression of our needs and desires. It is also a feeling of self-defense. Sometimes we desperately need determination to resist aggression.

But we all know that anger also has a very negative side. It is negative for us as well as for the people around us. It’s not so much about whether we experience or don’t hate, but rather about why we hate, how deep our anger is, and what the consequences are.

Anger can penetrate us so deeply that it becomes permanent. So anger can really disrupt our lives.

One of the worst parts of anger is that it causes a chain reaction in our body. If we experience anger often, it will make us sick both physically and mentally.

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Why anger makes us sick

Anger has surprising effects on our bodies. There are three types of reactions: physical, cognitive, and behavioral. They are activated when we feel threatened and prepare to attack. Physiological reactions:

  • Heart rate increases.
  • Breathing accelerates.
  • Blood pressure spikes.
  • The muscles tense.
  • Adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol rise.

Next, our ability to process internal and external information (cognitive response) decreases. Finally, all of this forms part of our  behavior, both verbal and physical. In other words, it raises the possibility of possible violence.

It is worth mentioning three types of anger that have been found:

  • Rapid and sudden anger when we feel threatened.
  • Steady and intentional anger, which is the same as resentment, and which comes out seasonally and lasts a long time.
  • Repeated anger that is often expressed and that becomes part of a person’s personality.

How anger makes us sick

Many studies show that anger has detrimental effects on physical health. In the United States, the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown in its research that persistently angry people are at higher risk of developing a stroke. Experts studied more than 14,000 individuals and concluded that people who spend more time in anger are ultimately more prone to stroke.


They also showed that the most irritated people have a more fragile immune system and are therefore more susceptible to infectious diseases. They also found evidence that hormone loss, such as adrenaline, causes blood clots and weakens blood vessel walls.

Johns Hopkins Medical School also conducted a study comparing the results of more than 1,100 students over the following decades. After all, they concluded that those who get angry quickly are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack. Another study showed that anger increases the amount of fat in the body as well as sensitizes to pain – significantly.

Toxic feeling

It’s easy to see that, in practice, anger makes our bodies sweat. We may not feel its physical effects right away, but if we stay in it for too long, anger will sooner or later emerge as a result.

It is not necessarily evil to be angry: it is an instinct whose primary positive or adaptive function is self-salvation. The negative side of anger manifests when we allow it to turn into our energy and are unable to control it. The real problem is that we don’t control it at all.

In addition to not dealing with anger at all, it can also be treated in a negative way. In that case, we completely bottle the anger to ourselves. In this case, when the pressure rises too high, an explosion can occur at any time.

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When we feel anger, the best thing we can do is voluntarily leave the situation. Counting to ten helps, but sometimes we may need fifteen or twenty seconds to calm down. Step aside for a moment and take a breath. When you feel calm again, talk about what initially made you angry.

And finally, in situations like this, it’s important to try to identify background factors that may not have anything to do with your current situation, even if they feed your anger.

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