Brain: consequences of anger


The explosion of anger pervades us making us lose control, unable to get rid of this emotion for hours. Anger arises when we feel offended or threatened. A way to protect ourselves, obtain benefits or avoid some discomfort. From this point of view it is an advantageous and necessary emotion . Brain activation and endocrine functioning play an essential role. 


When we get angry, the body releases noradrenaline in large quantities, which leads to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. There is also an increase in dopamine and glutamate . Instead, serotonin and vasopressin decrease. 

Curiosity is the interesting association between testosterone and cortisol . The former is related to anger aggression and the latter to submission and inhibition behavior. The brain activation that triggers anger is done by the amygdala . This is activated thanks to threatening stimuli that guarantee survival, controlling behavior. Here are the cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes of anger:

  • preparing to fight or flee
  • memory intensive processes
  • more attention to detail 
  • one claims to be right and calming down seems impossible
  • lack of objectivity and reflection 

We can and must learn to manage anger in a healthy way, because it doesn’t justify us from responsibilities. You have to process the emotion without getting too carried away by it, trying to activate the logical part of the brain . It helps us find our center and calm. 


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