Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage”. Like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.
Anger can be caused by both external and internal events. You could be angry at a specific person, event, or your anger could be caused by worrying or brooding about your personal problems. Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.
The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively. This is a natural respond to threat, therefore, a certain amount of anger is necessary for survival. On the other hand, we can’t physically lash out at every person or object that irritates or annoys us.
The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can’t get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people who enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.
At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Dr. Joseph Shrand will be hosting a seminar entitled Outsmarting Anger: Keep it Frontal, Don’t go Limbic. In this seminar Dr. Shrand will take the audience through the seven steps to reduce anger: not just yours but the anger of those around you. When you think about it, it is not always your anger that gets in the way of your success. Very often it is someone else’s anger that gets in the way of your success. Their anger wants you to do something different. If anger is an emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else, respect is a behavior designed to change the emotion of someone else. We have evolved a new part of our brain, the pre-frontal cortex which can modulate our ancient emotional brain, the limbic system. Come and learn how to do just that in Dr. Shrand’s educational lecture.