Stress is unavoidable in life. Too high and too low a stress level is damaging. Too high a stress level over a period of time can result with physiological problems such as headaches, ulcers, and muscle pain. But boredom can make us just as sick as high distress. We need a certain mid-level amount of stress to maintain a balance in our lives.
Emotions are always involved in stressful situations, and one of the most common emotions in interpersonal situations is anger. Anger both causes and accompanies distress. How anger is expressed can be either constructive or destructive. There are three major components involved in human anger: 1) Anger is usually a defense against something; 2) Anger occurs when we are not getting something we want or would like; and 3) Anger has in it a sense of righteousness and a belief that one’s personal rights have been violated, i.e., a defensive reaction to frustration and aggression.
There are at least eight major functions of anger:
Three general points to remember in managing angry feelings are:
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