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Anger affects Body, Mind & Soul

Anger arises from thoughts. And thoughts are created in that part of the mind called the ego or ahamkara where we perceive our identity. The ego  creates all thoughts. And anger, at the base level, is fear. Fear that turns  aggressive is anger. When we feel humiliated, it is because the ego  interprets outside events as harmful to the self. This can range from  physical violence to imagined loss of life, material or emotional  possessions, prestige, self-image, love etc. Once the mind decides that the situation is threatening, it triggers the  eruption of a flood of hormones to start the fight or flight response. The  fight response is the aggressive expression of anger, usually displayed by men. Flight response is the passive-aggressive expression of anger, usually displayed by women.

How anger affects the body

Anger begins in the part of the brain called amygdala. This sends hormones into a frenzy. Nerves get tense, muscles become taut, blood  rushes to the limbs, eyes narrow, and breathing becomes rapid to ingest  more oxygen to set the blood and hormones pumping. Blood pressure  shoots up from 120/80 to 200/130, the blood releases a factor that makes it  very thick to prevent blood loss in case of injury, the logical part of the  mind shuts off and the person attacks. The cooling down process can last from hours to days, with recurrent  attacks of anger in the cooling down period. Anger disrupts sane thinking.  The part of the mind responsible for sane behaviour is the prefrontal  cortex. This is more powerful than the anger area but slower to respond in untrained individuals. If you can train it, it can thwart the amygdala.

Women and anger

Years of genetic training have taught women that they are likely to get hurt if they get aggressive. So they repress anger or vent it on weaker beings like kids, pets or even themselves. Repressed anger takes the shape of over-eating, over-drinking, over – exercising, obsessive behaviour, suicidal tendencies, and attempts to hurt others through secretive means. It usually shows in the body as pain of  unknown origin; also skin disorders and breathing difficulties.

Source : Hindustan Times

Dr Divya Amritjude

Dr. Divya Amritjude, wife of Dr. Amritjude, is the female consultant, the Siddha doctor of Agasthiyar Guru Siddha Hospital.

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