How Anger and Other Negative Emotions Affect Your Body

Written by: Nick Ortner

Have you ever been so angry that your face turns red, your body starts shaking, or you feel like you just want to hit something?

You can imagine anger like a volcano, building up pressure until the top just blows off. Or, if you’re like me, maybe you remember Bugs Bunny cartoons and watching the characters blow steam out of their ears. Lol!

When we experience the emotions of anger, there’s actually a whole series of biological effects that take place in the body. Here’s a really cool 2 1/2-minute video on the science of anger.

Anger is a natural emotion and it should be acknowledged. It can also be a catalyst for positive changes, like when we see an injustice that should be righted, when we witness another being hurt, or maybe if we’ve been taken advantage of.

But when we hold on to this emotion, or if we are quick to anger all of the time (like someone cutting you off in traffic) it can actually be toxic and degrading to our overall health.

That’s why we need the proper tools to release it, and to bring our bodies back into balance.

If you’d like some help with releasing anger, I encourage you to check out this Tapping Meditation. It’s great to use in the moment, and when used repeatedly, it can train your brain and your body to be less prone to anger.

Until next time,

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

Have you ever used Tapping to calm your anger? I’d love to hear about. Comment below!

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  1. Milla says:

    Nick, I have a lot of work to do. I was extremely angry at god. Then I stopped to believe in him. Im tired of this free will/ god lives us so much blah blah. I called him a sadistic, cruel god. I can mention the other names I called him. I feel empty, still angry and numb. I have your books, video and I’m not sure what to do now. Any suggestions?

    • Milla says: will/ god loves us. I’m still angry at god. Don’t believe there’s a god. I think is just a mass delusional story.

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Hi Milla! Thanks for your question. This can be a tricky one, but I think what matters most is how you feel about your beliefs. Everyone around the world has their own beliefs about theology, and they all have merit. I believe it’s ok to question and explore, because it leads us to answers that sit more comfortably with ourselves. Remember this, 90% of all of our beliefs were programmed in us as children, mostly adopted from our parents or caregivers. But as an adult, you now have the choice to choose those beliefs which benefit your our growth and your own journey. 🙂

  2. Aspasia Holley says:

    I listened to a brilliant woman describe her technique. She imagines a ball of cold icy air above her head. She brings it down around her head and feels how cool it becomes. She brings the heat from her head down to her heart and says “cool head warm heart”. I love this! Try it it’s fun!

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Wonderful, Aspasia! It’s a great example of how we can use our imaginations and visualizations to improve our tapping experience. Thanks for sharing! I feel cooler already. 😉

  3. Daniel says:

    Our medical system makes me angry because they never want to find out what the causes of the symptoms are, they only want to prescribe drugs for the symptoms and ignore the reasons for the symptoms! This is STUPID LOGIC, but it’s Great for Big Pharma’s profits on pharmaceuticals! INSANITY!!!

    • Nick Ortner says:

      It’s true, Daniel. But probably one of the bigger beliefs they have established is that someone else is in control of our own health. This, of course, isn’t true. And by taking the steps to heal ourselves, we regain that control and confidence over our own bodies. 🙂

      • Daniel says:

        Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment Nick! I’ve tried Tapping for stress but haven’t noticed any difference yet. Is this something I have to practice or repeat often? It’s difficult to talk to myself like you’re suggesting, kinda feels forced or artificial. What am I doing wrong?
        Thanks again Nick!

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