Anger Outbursts

Learn about explosive anger symptoms.

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What are Anger Outbursts?

Ever ask yourself, “Why do I lose my temper so easily?” Anger is a basic human emotion and a natural reaction to situations beyond our control. While we have all experienced anger at some point, we all have different ways of dealing with it. For some people, anger is expressed in extreme emotional outbursts that lack reason and may be very difficult to control.

What Causes Anger Outbursts?

For some, anger outbursts are the result of genetics, chemical or hormonal imbalances, or other psychological problems such as bipolar disorder or depression. For the most part however, anger outbursts are a learned behavior and the result of poor anger management.

Many people will bottle their anger and other emotions. This may be because they were taught as children that expressing anger was impolite, or because they had adult role models who never expressed their anger in healthful ways. A person can only suppress angry feelings for so long before it all gets too much, and these emotions burst out in an uncontrollable explosive fit of rage1.

When you experience feelings of anger, stress hormones flood the body and the rational part of your brain is blocked. A deep-seated auto-pilot response then kicks in, triggering the fight, flight or freeze response of imminent danger. Whichever anger-response behavior was reinforced in childhood — be it shutting down, running away, or lashing out — will take over, often with disastrous consequences1.

Anger outbursts can have damaging and far-reaching effects on relationships with family and friends and may start to affect your work. It is therefore important to uncover the root cause of highly reactive anger and find healthier ways of managing feelings of anger.

Help for Anger Outbursts

The good news is that there are ways to control anger outbursts, no matter how long you’ve experienced them or how many characteristics of a short-tempered person you have. Healthy anger management skills can be adopted at any age to improve personal relationships, work interactions and personal well-being.

Learning to recognize the bodily symptoms of anger is a first step toward anger management. When you realize that an increased heart rate, profuse sweating and pressure in your neck means you’re angry about something, you can begin to identify the cause and work toward a resolution.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be an important component of managing anger. The combination of all-natural ingredients in Anger-Soothe™ can help relieve symptoms of anger like quickened breath and sweating while you learn to express your emotions more healthfully.

 

Resource:
Brandt, Andrea. "7 Things You Need to Learn About Your Temper." Psychology Today. July 1, 2014. Accessed May 03, 2019. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mindful-anger/201407/7-things-you-need-learn-about-your-temper.
Reviewed by Master Herbalist Mary Ellen Kosanke