Anger is natural
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Brian Dennis. Counselling Exeter. MBACP (Accred).
8th August, 2010
Anger is a natural emotion. As with other emotions of all animals, including humans, it has its place and natural usefulness. In many ways most humans are now living a lifesyle which is not natural; with results that natural emotions, including anger, are often expressed in ways which are detrimental.
The physical symptoms of anger and stress are similar. Breathing and heartbeat increase, to provide more oxygen to the muscles. The nervous system adapts to reduce the reactions to pain.
With most people, anger comes quickly and dissipates slowly.
Rage is different from anger, it is uncontrolled.
A mother swan will angrily fight off apparent predators if she feels that her offspring are threatened - as will many animals and birds. Humans may be protective in similar ways; but of different things as well as their family. Jobs, status, power, possessions.
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