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How can anger help protect us?

How can anger help protect us?

We often think of anger as something negative. However, in some cases, it can help protect...

We often think of anger as something negative. However, in some cases, it can help protect you like an umbrella. Once you identify the underlying reasons for your anger, you can address deeper issues you might be facing to overcome your challenges. 

Anger Is a Shield 

When you're in danger, anger is there to protect you. It can help you deal with aggression. When you're angry, your focus sharpens and you become more alert. You reflexively defend yourself. If someone is threatening you, anger can help you stay alive. 

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Anger Can Lead to Self-Improvement

Anger can be a strong driver of change if channeled properly. If you're angry with yourself, for example, that feeling may stimulate you to take steps to improve and accomplish your goals. If you can identify situations that make you angry, you can work to gain control and learn from the emotion.

Anger Can Help You Set Boundaries 

When you're angry, other people notice. If someone is overstepping, anger sends a message. It can help you demonstrate where your boundaries lie, allowing you to create more meaningful relationships. 

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Overcoming Anger to Grow

Once you have time to reflect, your experience of anger can help you uncover other causes of unease. If you are frequently angry, it could point to a traumatic event in the past or an anxiety-provoking task in the future. 

Self reflection can help with this process. You may want to ask yourself - What deeper emotions are the problem? Are you afraid? Are you ashamed? Are you nervous? 

Once you identify the real reason you're angry, you can face these sensitive emotions head-on and find solutions.

This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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