“Seeing red”, “getting hot under the collar” and “blowing up” are among some of the more colourful terms used to describe the emotion called “anger”, that everyone experiences. What differs is how some people are able to express or manage anger. Failure to effectively express or manage anger could very well lead to negative, long-term effects on a person’s well-being, as well as how that person relates to the world around him.
What is anger?
Medical News Today (MNT) states that anger is an emotion with functional survival value, as it prepares a person physically for a “fight or flight” response to certain situations.
Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage,” according to Charles Spielberger, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in the study of anger.
American Psychological Association (APA) mentions that anger is a completely normal, usually healthy human emotion.
What makes us angry?
MNT cites The Counselling Center of California State University Bakersfield as stating that a person gets angry when he feels he has no control over things or events which affect what is important to him.
Specifically, MNT also lists some common causes of anger which include:
- grief (at losing a loved one)
- financial problems
- being told of having a serious illness
- rudeness, bullying or humiliation
- tiredness, hunger or pain
- injustice, failure or disappointment
- withdrawal from drugs or medication
- illness (physical or mental)
- alcohol or substance abuse
- traffic jams
- sloppy service
What happens when we get angry?
APA points out that like other emotions, anger is accompanied by physiological and biological changes. These changes may be referred to as what may be observed internally, while how a person expresses or deals with his anger may be termed as what may be observed externally.
MNT adds that when a person gets angry, his heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline and noradrenaline levels increase in preparation for the fight or flight response. Externally, a person may express anger by:
- Shouting or making loud sounds
- Staring, frowning and teeth baring
- Adopting certain postures as a warning to aggressors
Is getting angry a bad thing?
The Mental Health Foundation in the UK points out that anger is one of the most basic human emotions. It is a physical and mental response to a threat or to harm done in the past.
All emotions including anger, are good, because their purpose is to provide us with information, direction and motivation that will help us create a satisfying life.
MNT also mentions that anger is usually a healthy response to criticism, threat or frustration. It may also be a secondary response to feeling sad, lonely or frightened.
Why should we manage our anger?
When left unchecked, anger impairs a person’s thinking and better judgement. This means that an angry person becomes more likely to do and say irrational and oftentimes harmful things. The Mayo Clinic warns that it’s important to deal with anger in a positive way because uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both a person’s health and his relationships.
Research also shows that chronic outbursts of anger can eventually cause serious physical illness:
- Strain on the cardiovascular system, increased risk of stroke
- Significantly worse lung capacity, increased risk of respiratory problems and inflammation of the airways
- Suppressed immunity and slower injury repair
- Negative impact on emotional well-being such as considerable remorse
How can hypnotherapy help manage anger?
It is possible for a person to manage his anger in a way that is healthy and does not harm himself or those around him. As an effective means of anger management, hypnotherapy enables a person to regain control of his anger and its effects on the various aspects of his life by helping the person correctly perceive the message of the emotion, effectively deal with the sources of anger and to remain calm when the anger trigger is activated. In the process it turns anger into positive energy.
Consulting Hypnotists at Mindlife Hynpotherapy uses advanced hypnotherapy and NLP techniques to effectively help people manage their anger.
Is hypnotherapy a generally accepted form of anger management?
Hypnotherapy as a form of anger management is widespread. In the UK, for instance, hypnotherapy-directory.org reports that hypnotherapy is able to help those seeking to regain control of their anger in several ways. A consulting hypnotist can work on a conscious and unconscious level to help change negative thought processes.
Anger-management-action.com explains that hypnotherapy is ideal for guiding people seeking to manage their anger because it works by getting a person into a very deep state of relaxation. It this state that enables him to accept positive suggestions into the part of his mind that he is generally not aware of.
Hypnotherapy is particularly helpful for those who lash out.
Other UK-based consulting hypnotists stresses that hypnotherapy is ideal for people who tend toward aggressive expressions of their anger. A person in that state may well know that he should not behave the way he does, and may even feel quite helpless when it comes to controlling his violent impulses.
Hypnotherapy is able to train these people in emotional regulation, so that they have time to calm down and choose better, more constructive ways to release their anger. Some ways hypnotherapy may be able to help these people include training them to:
- Control their limbic system (responsible for the “fight” response) using relaxation techniques
- Use skills for sharing, feeling and listening to negative emotions
- Learning tools and techniques for healthy self-expression and listening to constructive feedback
The reason why hypnotherapy is able to help is because it works with automatic, instinctive and emotional responses. A consulting hypnotist is able to access a person’s inner mind and coach him in unlearning painful, unhealthy and aggressive reactions to his anger triggers. A person can then learn more constructive reactions such as talking things over calmly and staying within the bounds of self-respect and respecting others.
Consulting Hypnotists at Mindlife Hypnotherapy stand ready with advanced techniques to help people manage and regain control of unhealthy expressions of anger. Schedule a free initial consultation with MindLife today, and find out more about how hypnotherapy can help promote the wellness and positive mental attitude that comes with healthy anger management.
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