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Why Do I Have A Physical Response To Anger?

Updated 03-Aug-2019 - First Published 03-Aug-2019 by Debi Douglas

You've experienced great anger, and now you may feel stressed and hot when you think about exactly why you are angry. Why is that?

Your anger is being monitored by your own nervous system. there are

  • emotional cues - such as being stressed
  • physical cues - such as being hot and
  • cognitive cues - such as having angry thoughts.

Anger is triggered by thinking about the specific situation that builds your anger. This is the cognitive or thought cue. It is through cognitive cues that we may interpret the actions of others as disrespectful or embarrassing.

When you focus on the critical and hostile thoughts, it makes anger seem like an appropriate response to situations that generally do not demand it


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