What Does Anger Feel Like?

Anger is an emotion that tells us when something may be wrong.

For example, we may feel angry when something is beyond our control or feels unfair, when we can’t reach a goal, or when someone is hurt or threatened.

We can also feel angry when we are under too much stress.

How do you feel when angry?

Your body has several ways of letting you know when you are getting too angry. Some common feelings may include: Your heart feels like it’s racing—it beats very fast and may even feel like it’s pounding in your chest, or pounding in your head. You breathe faster—it may feel like you can’t catch your breath.

What happens to your body when you are angry?

When we get angry, the heart rate, arterial tension and testosterone production increases, cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases, and the left hemisphere of the brain becomes more stimulated. There is an increase in heart rate, arterial tension and testosterone, but the cortisol level decreases.

What are signs of anger issues?

Some physical signs of anger include:

  • clenching your jaws or grinding your teeth.
  • headache.
  • stomach ache.
  • increased and rapid heart rate.
  • sweating, especially your palms.
  • feeling hot in the neck/face.
  • shaking or trembling.
  • dizziness.

What are the emotions behind anger?

Common emotions known to trigger anger are anxiety, shame, sadness, fear, frustration, guilt, disappointment, worry, embarrassment, jealousy, and hurt. All of these emotions are experienced as negative and are perceived as threatening to our well-being.