What is anger, what are its symptoms?


Anger is a reaction to an unpleasant situation. We get angry at many events that we encounter in our daily life. “To the traffic density, to the pressure of parents, to the economic problems, to the principal who insulted at the workplace, to the friends, to the teacher who scolded…” It is quite normal and healthy for us to be angry at these events. However, anger has the potential to turn into aggressive and extremely destructive reactions by reflecting on behaviors in an uncontrollable and destructive way. When anger is not controlled, it can be harmful to the person and the environment. Anger should not be denied, suppressed, and first of all it should be accepted, recognized and expressed in a controlled manner.

Anger is not a problem-solving tool. Nor is it a way of vengeance or vengeance. Blaming others, showing violence, is not a reason to commit a crime. Most importantly, anger is not a way of being right.


When we get angry, we show some reactions physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Dont talk very loudy

Being argumentative and aggressive



acceleration of the heartbeat

stomach aches

Physical Symptoms:

The stimulus activates the emotion

Stress and tension begin

Increases adrenaline secretion, which increases energy

Breathing becomes more frequent

heartbeat quickens

blood pressure rises

The body and mind are ready for the “fight or flight” response.

Discomforts Caused by Anger

Suppressed anger leads to anxiety and depression. Besides;

Physical Problems:

Headaches, stomach ailments, respiratory problems, skin problems, kidney function problems, nervous system disorders, elevated blood sugar, muscle aches.

Mental Problems:

Concentration disorder, poor performance, forgetfulness, insomnia, inattention

Behavioral Problems:

Alcoholism, smoking, restlessness, haste, overeating.

When Does Anger Become a Problem for the Person?

Sometimes it can be very difficult to deal with anger. Below are a few questions to determine whether you have difficulty controlling your anger;

1. Do you feel out of control when you get angry?

2. In situations where you are angry, do you act/words that you will not approve later?

3. Do you physically attack anyone when you are angry? (punching, pushing)

4. Has your reaction when you got angry hurt your relationships or work?

5. Do you have difficulty concentrating on school or work when you are angry?

6.Do you use alcohol or pills to reduce your anger and calm down?

7. Have you ever been arrested or faced with legal difficulties as a result of your anger?

If your answers include one or more yeses, you may be having difficulties controlling your anger. If you answered yes to too many questions or if you answered yes to all questions, you have a serious anger problem.

What are the Causes of Anger Out of Control?

When the person cannot express his feelings and thoughts clearly enough, when there are authority figures in front of him or when there is someone who prevents him from expressing himself, or when he directs anger to himself, the anger that is thrown in can also be externalized as anger directed at himself or someone else after a while.

The suppressed anger can manifest itself as stronger and more destructive when it comes out, it can change direction and be directed to another situation or person, not the person who is actually angry.

Children of overly authoritarian parents, children of families who are not given the opportunity to realize and express themselves, have a high rate of experiencing anger control problems in the future. Individuals who have experienced and witnessed domestic violence are more likely to experience this problem.

Uncontrollable anger may be more pronounced or appear suddenly after a natural disaster or situations such as accidents, losses, traumatic experiences.

The environment in which a person grows up and what he learns about how to behave in the face of anger have a very important place in the development of his own expression styles in the future. The fact that the communication within the family is strong, the anger or problems are discussed, shared with other family members, and the members of the families where each individual has the right to speak, experience this problem less frequently.

What Methods Work for Controlling Your Anger?

Relaxation:deep breathing

Do not self-suggest: ”Suggestions such as “Keep calm, express your emotion”

Changing thoughts: Angry people tend to express their thoughts by swearing and shouting. Knowing that anger is not always expressed in this way, that there are different methods, and directing your feelings to expression.

Focus on the positive:“Everything is ruined!”, “Again, thinking positively, away from thoughts such as I cannot control my anger, trusting that you can overcome it.

Discovering the emotion beneath the anger:It will be useful to discover whether you are angry because you are not understood or because you are not able to express yourself with sentences that start with “I am angry because…” you say to yourself.

Solving the problem: It is to investigate whether we can change the situation. If it is something we can change, solutions can be explored.

Better communication: Angry people tend to judge without thinking and act in accordance with those judgments. Better communication will remove prejudices.

Humor: Humor can help reduce the intensity of your anger in a number of ways. Above all, it provides a more balanced perspective. Because it is not possible for the emotions experienced during humor to coexist with anger. You can focus on the funny aspects of the situation you are in, and if you are going to say an insult, you can visualize a cartoon about this situation.

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