• Anger

    This emotion, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state. It involves a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical reactions, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion which triggers part of the fight or flight brain response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to act to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force.

    There is a saying: “Hurt people hurt people.” Those who have been hurt by others lash out through that pain by hurting others. Part of dealing with issues of anger is exploring one’s past to determine where hurts come from, and then releasing those hurts to let God heal you.

    Everyone gets angry. The key is to understand and implement a strategy for what to do when we are. How do we deal with our rage? Paul writes: “In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). So, it is important to develop a strategy to utilize in these moments of provocation.