Anger and its effects on the body and mind

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Anger alters the vision, poisons the blood: it is the cause of diseases and decisions that lead to disaster. Florence Scovel 

  • Lourdes, works at night and sleeps little also takes care of his sick mother, does not have the support of the father of his children and is angry all the time.
  • Carmen, today is facing a process for a terminal illness and spent most of her life envying others, angry and putting obstacles, especially if they showed a behavior of being happy.
  • Patricia constantly spends her time solving everyone's problems, leaving her side aside, feeling undervalued and frustrated on most occasions, taking her leave with the closest people emotionally speaking.
  • Eunice is a girl who is subjected to high doses of stress from the work she does and has not found any method to take out all the frustration she accumulates day by day.

What do all these people have in common? They experience anger or anger in their daily lives and sooner or later their body or mind will charge them for it.


  • 1 The importance of emotions
  • 2 History of emotions
  • 3 What are emotions
  • 4 Analyzing anger
  • 5 What is anger?
  • 6 How do we show anger?
  • 7 What do we hide behind anger?
  • 8 What are the consequences of feeling anger?
  • 9 Consequences of Anger on body and mind
  • 10 Diseases and drugs that cause anger
  • 11 Recommendations
  • 12 Suggestions for change to regulate anger

The importance of emotions

For many years, we have thought that we are rational beings. Descartes mentioned his maxim: “cogito ero sum" In your translation: I think, then I am or I think then I exist. We are not rational beings.

Nothing is further from reality, because all our daily activities are basically mediated by emotions.

Thus, understanding how we react to each of our emotions ?, is vital to have a healthier and more balanced life.

Our emotions are there to be felt, but not to dominate our life or blind our vision, or steal our future, or turn off our energy, because, when they do, they will become toxic (Stamateas, 2013).

History of emotions

In a brief historical journey, today we have taken the role of understanding emotions very seriously to understand our behavior. I will allow myself to use in this article the concept of "mind", as a synonym for all the mental processes that happen in our brain, for practical questions.

Historical tour: from Darwin to the here and now:

  • Darwin Charles (1872): published the book "The expression of emotions in man and animals." Apes and humans express their emotions through facial expressions (Boyes, 2007).
  • Paul Ekman and his collaborators made an atlas of facial emotions and considered 6 universal emotions: surprise, anger, sadness, disgust, fear and happiness (Pinel, 2007).
  • Daniel Goleman, in his book "Emotional Intelligence", takes as a base the emotions described by Ekman, groups them into families and adds two more: Love and Shame (Goleman, 1995).
  • Eduard Punset and collaborators in his book “Universe of Emotions”Recaptures Ekman's emotions and adds others: Anxiety, social emotions and aesthetic emotions, grouping them into galaxies and gathering more than 300 variations of these (Punset, Bisquerra & Gea, 2017).

What are emotions

My point of view about emotions is that they have a unique interpretation of them depending on the social and cultural context, product of brain plasticity and social neuroscience.

  • Brain plasticity: The brain is the knowledge body, performs different types of functions such as; thought, attention, sensation, perception, emotion, language, learning and memory, which make it possible for individuals to adapt to their environment, which It changes continuously and is often unpredictable (Redouble, 2015).
  • Social Neuroscience: is the study of the relationship between the neurological processes of the brain and social processes. Analyze how the brain influences social interaction and how social interaction influences the brain (Franzoi, 2007).

One of the essential characteristics of living beings is their ability to adjust to the conditions presented by the environment; This characteristic is called plasticity (García, 2011).

Analyzing the anger

  • Anger has social and cultural contexts and Mexico is no exception. We learn from the context and the brain is molded based on it, the colloquial expressions or localisms of the Mexicans to express it are: Bravo, Empumado, Encabritado, Encorajinado, Encrispado, Energumen, Enrabonado, Soaked, Enchilado, I'm taking the train, You walk chuky (referring to the movie of Chuky the devilish doll), Annoyed, Furious, Intense, I was intolerant, He turned green (emulating the actor, Lou Ferriño, in the series of “Hulk” the green man), Short wick, Muino, Punk, and Rabid.

Why do we feel anger?

I'm going to guess my reader friend: why do you feel anger?

  • When things They don't happen as you want.
  • When someone It doesn't treat you as you think you deserve.

Why is anger triggered?

  • It is generated when we have the feeling of being harmed.
  • It is triggered by situations that are valued as unfair or that undermine moral values ​​and personal freedom.
  • It is present by people who affect us with verbal or physical abuse,
  • It is generated by situations in which we consider that they occur unfair treatments,
  • When someone blocks our goals.

What is anger?

There are many definitions an example of them, defines it as: A reaction of irritation, fury or anger triggered by the outrage and anger of feeling violated our rights (Punset, Bisquerra & Gea, 2017).

How many shades does anger have?

LAnger is one of the most common and frequent emotions. Tice discovered that of all moods, anger is the one that dominates the worst (Goleman, 1995).

The scientific disseminator Eduardo Punset, in his book “Universe of Emotions”, He mentions more than 60 ways in how we experience anger.

  • It has many nuances: Abhorrence, Acrimony, Agitation, Aggression, Animadversion, Antipathy, Dislike, Anger, Jealousy, Anger, Cruelty, Disability, Heartbreak, Detachment, Mistrust, Disdain, Despair, Disability, Disdain, Detection, Displicence, Encouragement, Enemity, Anger Envy, Scale, Exasperation, Excellency, Excitation, Annoyance, Chilliness, Fury, Fury, Hostility, Impatience, Impotence, Indifference, Indignation, Insensitivity, Irritation, Moodyness, Mania, Misogyny, Hate, Ojeriza, Fluff, Rage, Racism, Recelo, Rejection, resentment, resentment, resentment, sadism, viciousness, sexism, suspicion, tension, Vesania and Violence.

Daniel Goleman (1995), describes the anger in his book “Emotional Intelligence”With 14 ways to experience it.

  • In emotion there are more subtleties than we can talk about. Within the family of anger are: Acrimony, Affliction, Animosity, Anger, Exasperation, Annoyance, Fury, Hostility, Indignation, Irritability, Pathological hatred, Resentment, Outrage and Violence.

How do we show anger?

Did you know… ? Babies can show their anger from three months of age.

Angry or angry people:

  • They contract and lower their eyebrows to produce a frown.
  • Wrinkles form on the bridge of the nose.
  • The eyes get smaller And they stare.
  • The lips tighten a lot against each other and the jaw is tense and in a position to bite.
  • In some people also Dilate the fins of the nose.
  • Facial expression is accompanied with other body movements how:
  • Close your hands in the form of fists, hands in position want to hang someone or scratch, Shake your head and adopt aggressive postures like place your hands on your hips (Boyes, 2007).

What do we hide behind anger?

  • Pain, from the wounds of the past: Fear of abandonment, Fear of rejection, Humiliation, Betrayal or fear of trust and Injustice.
  • Sadness, for not feeling loved or feeling rejected.
  • Impatience, for being tired of waiting and not doing justice to us.
  • Fear, for fear of losing what we have or for not achieving what we want.
  • Insecurity, for not being able to believe in ourselves.
  • Disappointment, because our expectations are collapsed or put in people who unconsciously know that, they will not meet them.
  • Incommunication, for not knowing how to express our emotions or express them non-assertively.
  • Self-destruction, for harming us and not being able to hold ourselves accountable.

Our emotions are not presented in isolation, one emotion can drag others.

What are the consequences of feeling anger?

  • If we want to know,what have our experiences been in the past?, let's examine our body now.
  • If we want to know,what will our body look like in the future? Let's examine our current experiences.
  • We metabolize each and every one of our experiences in our body When there is one alteration in cell repair mechanisms is when we get sick (Deepack, 2017).

The body is the metabolic result of all our daily experiences.

Emotions out of control or emotional abduction:

  • They imbalance your immune system (Psiconeuroendócrinoimmunologia).
  • Immune system is composed of: the tonsils, the thymus (produces "T" lymphocytes that fight cancer and white blood cells), lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow (it is the factory of red blood cells) and lymphatic vessels

Anger-related diseases

According to Jaques Martel, in his "Great Dictionary of ailments and diseases." All diseases ending in "itis" They are usually related to anger or frustration since they are linked to unresolved emotional conflicts and this produces inflammations, somatized in:

  • Tonsillitis, Appendicitis, Arthritis, Bursitis, Colitis, Cystitis, Diverticulitis, Gastro-enteritis, Gingivitis, Laryngitis, Otitis, Tendinitis, Urethritis and Vaginitis (Martel, s / f).

For example: Arthritis It is the inflammation of a joint:

  • It can affect each part of the human locomotor system: treat bones, ligaments, tendons or muscles. It is characterized by inflammation, muscle stiffness and pain, all of which correspond in the metaphysical plane to: imprisonment, criticism, sadness or anger (Martel, s / f).

Consequences of Anger on the body and mind

Yes, you imply or anger bursts into the body, it becomes sick.

  • Alter vision: Tunnel effect.
  • Gallstones or Gallstones: They can be the size of Sand Grain until they reach the size of a Golf Ball.
  • Cancer: Related to acidosis in the body produced by large amounts of cortisol.
  • Immune system depression, by inhibiting emotions such as anger or resentment.
  • Heart diseases: Poisons the blood: when cortisol is poured into the bloodstream and it becomes acidic. Stroke. Carotid arteries Transient ischemic attack.

In Mexico, heart disease ends every year with the lives of 87,000 people. While in the world they affect more than one million 700 thousand (Holadoctor, 2012).

Yes, you explode or anger bursts out of the body, becomes violence

It generates violence: It transforms into aggressions: physical and psychological.

Unresolved conflicts: Emotions involved, such as Grudge / Hate / Injustice / Rejection generate toxic relationships in social interaction.

What organs are affected with anger?

  • The liver performs a wide variety of functions, among which are: blood detoxification and bile production, food digestion and energy storage.
  • The gallbladder stores bile, a liquid produced by the liver to digest fats (Best Health, 2018).

Anger and anger, as well as all emotions derived from them, are associated with the malfunction of these organs.

Diseases and drugs that cause anger


  • Overactive thyroid: The production of thyroid hormone affects character.
  • Diabetes: Low sugar produces outbursts of anger.
  • Depression: it makes you angry, agitated and irritable.
  • Alzheimer's: Irritability and outbursts of anger occur.
  • Inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis and hepatitis: the liver does not fulfill its function and intoxicates the brain creating episodes of sullenness and aggressiveness.
  • Epilepsy: If the episodes are severe, outbursts occur after it.
  • Wilson's disease: Genetic disorder that accumulates copper in the liver and produces explosions of anger.
  • Vascular Brain Accident: If it occurs in the lower part of the frontal lobe, the person cannot feel empathy and becomes aggressive.


  • Statins: lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and as a side effect patients have episodes of anger.
  • Sleeping pills: Benzodiazepines prescribed for insomnia or anxiety disrupt brain function and cause anger. Both help to produce episodes of anger (Holadoctor, 2012).


Knowledge is power. Postulates for the healing of emotions:

  • Our thoughts make us sick, but they also heal us.
  • If we want to know what our experiences have been in the past, let's examine our body now. If we want to know what our body will look like in the future, let's examine our current experiences.
  • We have our own internal pharmacy to heal ourselves.

Our internal pharmacy:

  • If we are calm, our white blood cells and leukocytes produce diazepam (Diazepam, 2018) or the Valium trademark.
    • The diazepam It is a benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety problems, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms (Chopra, 2017).
  • A state of naturally induced euphoria has more biological consequences than simply feeling good (for example: disproportionate anger).

Examine the placebo and nocebo effect

  • Placebo: When we believe in something or someone even if it is pseudoscience, it will do us good (placebo). When feeling pleasure, the centers of dopamine (nucleus acumbens and the tegmental ventral area) and also works as an analgesic.
  • Nocebo: On the contrary, when we believe that something bad is going to happen, or it will be harmful and the worst case scenario (nocebo) will happen, this weakens the immune system being the most vulnerable people to viruses and bacteria. Any banal stimulus processes it as if it were very painful (Efe, 2017). In a stressful situation the white blood cells and platelets go down.
  • The state of the healer or health professional and his physical, spiritual and emotional condition, influences and regulates the biological response of the person to whom he is healing. Healthy people heal healthy people.

In conclusion, if we have negative expectations, the effects will be negative and if we have positive expectations, the effects will be positive.

Suggestions for change to regulate anger

  • Learn to meditate.
  • Perform outdoor activities.
  • Do not accumulate because in the short, medium or long term it will hurt you.
  • Be aware of its causes and consequences.
  • Rest and do not take all personal things.
  • Do activities that relax you and disable it.
  • If possible, stay away from people who irritate you.
  • Take sessions of low-frequency pulsating electromagnetic field, which lower the intensity of your negative emotions.
  • If all of the above options fail: Seek professional help.

Only when you are aware of the damage that your emotions generate, can you face and balance them.


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