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Chakra Yoga Health Holistic Psychology: Angry Face

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Anger as a response to the need for change

Psychologists point out that when we keep getting angry about something then we need to do something about the situation that is provoking the anger - we need to change something.

Anger is an emotion. The physical effects of anger include increased heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as part of the fight or flight brain response to the perceived threat of harm. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force.

The external expression of anger can be found in facial expressions, body language, physiological responses, and at times in public acts of aggression. Humans and non-human animals for example make loud sounds, attempt to look physically larger, bare their teeth, and stare. Anger is a behavioral pattern designed to warn aggressors to stop their threatening behavior. Rarely does a physical altercation occur without the prior expression of anger by at least one of the participants. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them," psychologists point out that an angry person can be very well mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability.

Modern psychologists view anger as a primary, natural, and mature emotion experienced by all humans at times, and as something that has functional value for survival. Anger can mobilize psychological resources for corrective action. Uncontrolled anger can, however, negatively affect personal or social well-being. While many philosophers and writers have warned against the spontaneous and uncontrolled fits of anger, there has been disagreement over the intrinsic value of anger. Dealing with anger has been addressed in the writings of earliest philosophers up to modern times. Modern psychologists, in contrast to the earlier writers, have also pointed out the possible harmful effects of suppression of anger.


ANGER as a response to Trespass

Anger is often a response to the feeling of an "unjust trespass" - your boundaries are being threatened - which can occur in any area of life:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Social
  4. Mental

The other has overstepped a boundary and this produces an emotional response within us. For example, we may become angry if:

  1. Somebody steals our property.
  2. Somebody manipulates or tyrannizes us on the emotional or mental level.
  3. The real of perceived threat to our environment: Ourself, our home, our family, our assets
  4. We perceive a threat to our way of life. This is often observed when national citizens become angry with immigrant as they feel that the immigrants pose a threat to their existing way of life.

ANGER as a response to Frustrated DESIRE

Another form of anger is when our appointments for our desires are not met or we get an appointment with something that we are averse to! Then we may express our disappointment as anger.

  1. We are hoping to get our happiness from objects, people, events, and things.
  2. We place great emphasis on the outcomes of these expectations because we have not realized that we are happiness personified.
  3. Then we get neurotically attached to our selfish and egotistical desires and aversions.

If we understand the properties of centers 4 and 7 (heart and crown), then we begin to realize our interconnective and interdependent relationship all Life On Earth and with Existence itself.

As we train our lower chakras (the lower self) and dissolve the ignorance, selfish egotism, and childishness of the lower self, we begin to realize that;

"The happiest person is the one who has realized the Self in All and has the skill and wisdom to use heart and mind to bring happiness to others."

The mature personality has a balanced interest in themselves and others.


ANGER AS A RESPONSE TO EVENTS IN THE PAST

We can be left with unresolved anger that is directly linked to past events.

Although there is nothing we can do about the actual past events, we can resolve the anger by some form of therapy - either self-help or professional.


ANGER AS A SYMPTOM OF A BLOCKED HEART CENTER

If the heart center is blocked and the individual has difficulty being loving, then the heart center needs healing so that the individual can become loving and set love as their center. Most anti-social behaviour, personality disorder, and selfish egotism is a product of a damaged or blocked heart center.



Recommended Reading
  • Overcoming anger: How to identify it, stop it, and live a healthier life: Carol D. Jones phd., MFT; (ISBN-10: 1580629296, ISBN-13: 978-1580629294)

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