ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Don't Let Your Anger Kill You

Updated on September 14, 2008

Your Body: User’s Manual (Chapter 2)

Many believe that expressing our dissatisfaction and anger verbally or acting it out helps us deal with the negative feeling and stops it from harming us. However, recent scientific studies show that individuals who get cross are more prone to suffer strokes, and sudden death. They are even more at risk than individuals with so-called “Type A Behavior”. Men who get angry are also more prone to a heart condition called “atrial fibrillation” where the atrium of the heart contracts quickly but ineffectively to pump blood around. This precipitates embolism and strokes. In the states, over 2 million people suffer from atrial fibrillation. With regard to sudden death, hot tempered men are at 1.2 times risk that of their calmer counterparts. A word on “Type A Behavior”: this describes those individuals who put their emphasis on ambition, efficiency, speed and competition. When we mention the term, we picture the quick-tempered, argumentative, impulsive, inflexible and loud-talking individuals. They are more prone to develop heart disease.

If acting out your temper seems easy to you, with practice, suppressing it or diverting it is not too hard either. In the simplest terms, you have to train your nerves to cope with the undesirable, frustrating , unfortunate, unpleasant events and persons that occur at constant and predictable frequencies. It’s not much different from training your body to cope with the unpleasant sensations of physical exercise that you’re not used to. Besides, don’t get cross, get even. No, I don’t mean you should dish out punishment or pain to your offender. I mean that the best revenge is to be able to live happily in spite of the stress and assault associated with the situation. Other proposals by psychologists include: staying away from the source of provocation, diverting your concentration to other issues, analyzing what causes the unpleasant thought and rationalizing the negative emotions. Last but not least, talk to someone who is willing to listen.

Yes, life sucks. At least, it won’t “suck” half as much if you expect it to and learn how to deal with it. Don’t let your temper kill you.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • amy jane profile image

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Love the last line! Life does suck. Life sucks even more if you allow yourself to become bitter and angry all the time. No surprise that it's bad for you...:)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)