Many events in life can trigger the feeling of anger response. An anger response is highly individual. Something that may cause anger in one person may not in another. Additionally, anger may manifest itself differently in different individuals.
Anger has both psychological and psychosomatic components. Often there is a thought or situation that may trigger the emotion of anger, subsequenlty this will arouse bodily sensations and behavioural changes, tendencies and impulses to act on that thought, situation and emotion.
For an example, two people are driving to work. There is a massive traffic jam that is not only going to make them late but miss a very important meeting. One of the people made a judgment that they were in a very negative situation and became angry.
As a result, they became flustered, their heart rate and blood pressure increased, their blood sugar levels rose and they were experiencing the stress response. As a consequence, the person’s behaviour will reflect their thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Upon arriving at work, they may have an outburst at a co-worker, be unproductive and make poor decisions.
Conversely, if the second person stuck in the traffic jam viewed it as a positive experience allowing them an opportunity to speak to a friend they have been meaning to call (with a hands free kit) or just have an hour to themselves in a situation they have no control over. This too will also impact their body sensations and subsequent behaviour. Their body will be more stable with fewer extreme peaks and falls in blood pressure and blood sugar levels, digestion and general bodily functions will occur as they should in a state of homeostasis, their immune system will be stronger. This person may react better to an angry boss or a difficult co-worker and may have more clarity of mind to make decisions.
Anger is an automatic and necessary reaction in some situations, it fuels action and therefore it shouldn’t be seen as an emotion to avoid at all costs. Instead, if a person is mindful about how their thoughts affect their emotions, bodily sensations and actions, they can choose how they want to respond to a particular situation rather than mindlessly react. In this way, Mindfulness can give rise to a greater level of general wellbeing, improve social relationships and lead to a better healthy state of mind ready to deal with the pressures of day to day life.
- Mindfulness based Anger Management Course
- Mastering and Transforming Destructive Emotions with Mindfulness
Kundalini Meditation has also been shown to be an effective means of reducing anger and its destructive impact on the body.