Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.
Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, for example, or motivate you to find solutions to problems.
But excessive anger can cause problems. Increased blood pressure and other physical changes associated with anger make it difficult to think straight and harm your physical and mental health.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
- Controlling anger before it controls you
Anger is a normal, usually healthy emotion we all experience. But when anger gets out of hand, it can cause problems at home and at work. There are ways you can get control of your anger, instead of letting it control you.
Monitor on Psychology Articles
- The Forgiving Life
- Human Aggression and Violence
- What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger
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