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Sometimes Anger Is Self-Inflicted

Have you ever lost your cool in a situation and found yourself shouting angrily? I’m sure you have. Sometimes anger is yelled in frustration and pain when we feel we’ve been wronged or want something to change and nothing is shifting. I’m sure you can relate. And sometimes, anger is thrown around like a bad habit. I’m sure you can relate to that too.

Anger can result from a series of real-life experiences or feelings built up inside you. You may have had previous life experiences or may have developed certain feelings when under stress. Whatever the reason, anger is not a comfortable emotion to live with.

However, you may not be aware that you are contributing to your anger by harboring negative feelings about yourself and your life. If you want to find some peace once again, you can follow these steps to help yourself out from under a cloud of anger.

Can anger sometimes be self-inflicted?

The answer is “Yes.” Anger is a natural human emotion, and sometimes anger can be self-inflicted.

Anger is an emotional response to a perceived threat that activates the fight or flight response. When you become angry, your body releases adrenaline and other hormones that prepare you to either fight or flee the threat. Anger can also be triggered by frustration, disappointment, or feelings of helplessness.

For example, let’s say you’re driving home from work when traffic slows to a crawl because of construction on the highway. You start to feel frustrated because you’re already late for dinner with friends, and you’ll be even later. You yell at other drivers who cut in front of you or who don’t follow traffic rules as they should. You even consider driving off the road to get ahead of everyone else!

How can anger be self-inflicted?

This is an example of self—inflicted anger—your reaction to the situation has caused your emotions to boil over into rage. You’ve become so angry that nothing matters except getting home as quickly as possible, no matter what it takes!

While not all anger is self-inflicted—as some people are faced with seemingly unavoidable situations of anger—for others, the solution is more straightforward: they need to re-evaluate their situation and find something productive to channel their energy into. If we can learn to make the right choices rather than succumbing to our natural urges, we will be better for it. We’ll feel less stressed, less overwhelmed, and much happier overall.

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