Anger is a feeling or emotion that ranges from mild irritation to intense fury or rage. Anger is a natural response to those situations where we:
- Feel threatened
- Believe harm will come to us
- Believe another person has unnecessarily wronged us
- Feel another person, like a child or someone close to us is being threatened or harmed
Anger can result from frustration when our needs, desires, or goals are not being met. When we become angry, we may lose our patience and act aggressively, impulsively, or violently.
People often confuse anger with aggression. Aggression is a behavior that is intended to cause harm to another person or damage property. This behavior can include
- Verbal abuse
- Violent acts
Anger on the other hand is an emotion, and does not necessarily lead to aggression. If you, or someone you know struggles with anger issues, please contact Health Directions or your local healthcare provider for further assessment.