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Anger is an emotion we all experience in our lives. Few people express it and let everything out. Few people are unable to express it so they keep silent and eat it up. Anger is an emotion which only harms us. So let’s know what is anger and how is it harmful to us.

What is Anger?

Anger is the emotion we snatch up to avoid less comfortable feelings, confusion, fear, sadness.

Anger is a feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.

Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.  

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.” said by Benjamin Franklin.  

‘Anger is an enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.’ -said by Mahatma Gandhi

What are types of anger?


There are 7 types of anger as described below:

  1. Passive Anger– Passive Aggressive Anger in which person’s behavior is the indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness,  sullen behavior, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested task for one is responsible.
  2. Volatile Anger– Volatile Anger is in which person may be experiencing volatile anger or its more serious form, intermittent explosive disorder.  The person with intermittent explosive disorder have episodes of aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal out bursts that are grossly out of proportion to the situation.
  3. Chronic Anger– When a person hears the word chronic we think of a sickness, like chronic asthma or chronic fatigue syndrome. But in this case, we are talking about a chronic emotion.  So that anger has to leave our speaker feeling pretty rotten.  A person facing this is at the very least and is scared of that anger.
  4. Vengeful Anger– Vengeful anger is characterized by or stemming from a desire for revenge or to take revenge from the person he is hurt.
  5. Petrified Anger– If you feel stuck in your anger and have a very hard time forgiving and forgetting an event where a person feels he was wronged.  This is when someone hangs on to a sense of hatred and bitterness.
  1. Incidental Anger– Incidental Anger is anger triggered by an unrelated situation, promotes unethical behavior. People who feel incidental anger are more likely to deceive their counter parts than people who feel neutral emotion. Incidental anger increases deception relative to sadness.
  2. Empathic Anger– Empathic Anger is an emotion, a form of empathic distress.  Empathic anger is felt in a situation where someone else is being hurt by another person or things. Empathic anger has direct effects on both helping and punishing desires. Empathic anger can be divided into two sub-categories trait empathic anger and state empathic anger.

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What are causes of anger?

There are many common triggers for anger such as losing your patience, feeling as if your opinion or efforts aren’t appreciated and injustice.  Other causes of anger include memories of traumatic or enraging events and worrying about personal problems.

A leading cause of anger is a person’s environment. Stress, financial issues, abuse, poor social or familial satiations and over whelming requirement on your time and energy can all contribute to the formation of anger.

Genetics and body’s ability to deal with certain chemicals and hormones also play a role in how you deal with anger if your brain doesn’t react normally to serotonin you might find it more difficult to manage your emotion.


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How is anger harmful?

  1. Anger doesn’t solve anything it builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.
  2. Anger doesn’t demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control.
  3. You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger- said by Buddha.
  4. Anger is one letter short of Danger.


How to cope with anger?

  1. Take a few minutes to calm down before discussing the problem.
  2. Be assertive, not aggressive when speaking your points. Express yourself firmly but do not insult the other person.
  3. First, talk with your friend, take advice before you confront the person you are angry with.
  4. Try to find the humor in the situation. Do something physical to channel your energy.  
  5. Take your attention on things you like to do, work on a hobby for while. Engaging in an enjoyable activity can help keep you calm.


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