What is anger?

Anger is a normal reaction and emotion. It can be very helpful as it motivates us to do something to right an injustice. It can also lead us into problems. Anger is a result of thinking that we have been unfairly treated or disrespected, or that we or others have broken or fallen short of our rules, expectations, and we won't stand for it.

Thinking this way leads us to feel angry, which stimulates the body's adrenaline response which is our body's way of helping us to cope with either fighting, or running away ('fight or flight' response). We respond to those thoughts and feelings, by acting, or feeling an urge to act, in threatening or aggressive ways.

We all feel angry some times. Anger has consequences, and they often involve hurting other people - more usually their feelings, but sometimes physically. Repeated angry outbursts can cause problems in our personal lives, and affect work and study. After an angry outburst, we can think very critically of ourselves and our actions, leading us to feel guilty, ashamed and lower our mood, which might result in our withdrawing from others, not wanting to do anything.

Our highly skilled psychologists are expert in helping you learn triggers that precipitate your angry feelings and strategies in how to manage them more effectively. Book a free consultation to discuss whether anger management therapy might be helpful for you.

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