How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body [Infographic – Part 1]

Anger can be a challenging emotion to work through.

Sometimes our anger can be frightening. Or, maybe we consider it inappropriate to even feel this way at all.

Not only that, when anger is misdirected, it often leads to poor choices, damaged relationships, and even violence.

So what’s really going on in the brain and body when anger is triggered?

Here’s a tool to help you visualize anger's impact on the brain. Click To Tweet

We thought it would be helpful for you to have a way to visualize this. (And please feel free to make a copy of this to share.)

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Next: How Anger Affects Your Brain and Body, Part 2 – How Stress Hormones Can Change Your Brain.

Now we’d like to hear from you. What have you found to be helpful in working with anger? Please leave a comment below.


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  1. Nidia Aurora Gil says:

    I am very grateful for this resource. It’s beautiful and useful!!!

    Thank you very much

  2. Dagmar Voges says:

    Thankgyou for the great visual. It’ll be far mor fun and easier for my clients to grasp than my line drawings.

  3. Basil says:

    Excellent pictorial representation of common triggers, and the subsequent secretion of neurotransmitters ; good for clinicians and therapists, fabulous for patients!

  4. I would imagine it is the same response to pain/chronic pain?

  5. jeanne says:

    Beautiful. It helps a client to see what is happening in their bodies

    Please include me in the follow up

  6. W.Buchanan says:

    Great to have a visual like this. Very useful for counselling.

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