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Anger is a natural reaction , a physiological experience of cognitive importance. It is usually a response to an action either perceived or real when one’s boundaries are threatened. It can have a detrimental impact on mind and body. It is possible for anger to be healthy so long as it is processed in a healthy manner and let go. However, such feelings can be destructive when disrespecting boundaries. Anger triggers physiological stress responses which impacts on the autonomous nervous system making regulation difficult. Younger people express anger through yelling, screaming, hitting and crying when feeling overwhelmed. Some older people express anger through sabotage, explosive behaviours, physical or vengeful behaviour. Anger can have a negative impact on the immune system which it can be argued, causes biological changes to the body, for instance the imbalance in hormones which can result in physical illnesses. It causes feelings inadequacy, rejection, sadness, guilt, anxiety, and other negative emotions/behaviours. Your Therapist can support you in understanding what is happening/why and help you manage your behaviour aligning brain, mind and body, so you can use healthy anger effectively and manage hurtful anger so life is less stressful. References Van der Kolk, B., 2015. The Body Keeps The Score, Mind Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma. Penguin Dana, D.A., 2018 The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation. Norton

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