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 acknowledging it matters. It can create positive changes, like when we see an injustice that should be righted, when we witness another being hurt, or 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. 🙂

    • John says:

      Its a pity that Nick missed out on the opportunity to expand on the other comments and comment on how tapping can alleviate both the impact of life itself, and the repercussions of, not only your views concerning the theological perspectives which you raise, but also your struggles to cope with what you see.

      However, you say:

      “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”.
      – May 29, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      “ 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.”
      – May 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      This is a ‘popular’ response to the consequences of having insufficient information concerning this problem. Here you, and others, confuse who is performing, or allowing, the wrongdoing, or what is producing the environmental calamity.

      This is a complicated situation, and how a metaphorical ‘see-saw’ tips according to the balance of known information, given the absence of other information.

      One perspective would be that Mother Nature and human society are both on ‘autopilot’ simply because the consequences of that, versus the consequences of reducing creation to the level of a model railway which functions and performs as a controller decides, are different.

      There are those who say, or unintentionally imply, that everything in a person’s surroundings is there because the observer summoned everything to them. This idea might be ‘attractive’ in some situations, but appear absurd in other situations.

      Alternatively, everything is available because it is necessary to develop the ability to observe, evaluate, and develop an opinion, and possibly a response as well.

    • Joanna says:

      Dear Milla,
      If you do not know what to tap on first, just start on anything. I also experienced a huge mess and anger, so I tapped just on “all this anger”. Actually, as I tapped, it seemed that my anger grew even more! but I believe it was its true magnitude surfacing (it is fascinating to experience what is really there in me!). Also, initially, I did not tap, I hit myself, I was so angry! And I did calmed down a lot. I was still upset, but at this stage I could hear my mind/logic, so I could recognize what exactly needed to be tapped on.
      Another suggestion is “This mess I feel as I do not know what to tap on”.
      Another suggestion: I just sit down and give myself 30 minutes for nothing else than tapping. This way, I’m concentrated on tapping, on releasing – slowly but surely, rather than being anxious about getting results.
      So, “Keep tapping” is a very clever phrase! 🙂
      You can do it!
      Loads of love to you,

  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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