“Anger: The Internal Storm”

September 13, 2010

In my last article, I gave a definition for anger, part of which I didn’t get to: Anger has physical effects including raising the heart rate and blood pressure and the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline.

Sheepishly, I must admit that, when I read that definition, I didn’t know what “noradrenaline” is.  However, some quick research made me aware that noradrenaline has the physiological effect of increasing blood pressure and is closely related to the psychological/emotional response best known as “fight-or-flight.”

To put it mildly, there are some serious things going on inside each of us while we are in the process of getting angry.  And, that’s true whether you have a short fuse or do a very slow burn.

Certainly, a healthy body can handle a certain amount of the elevation of heart rate, blood pressure and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline.  However, we all hit the “overload” point in regard to the internal effects of angers pretty quickly, probably much quicker than we notice externally (as we’re “stewing in our juices”).

If you’re not in denial—way too many people are—you’ll admit that getting angry is destructive to your health, physically and mentally/emotionally.  Now, being able to admit it may not change things in and of itself, but it is a first step in the direction of getting some help and making whatever changes are needed to protect your health from paying the toll of it being your own personal “anger freeway.”

As we’ll see throughout this series, the first reason God wants us to keep short accounts with anger is because it easily turns into sin (Ephesians 4:26-27).  But, I have a suspicion that the Lord would also prefer for us to keep our bodies healthy and useful instruments for Him and ourselves.

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