Suppressed anger can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Anger that is not appropriately expressed can disrupt relationships, affect thinking, behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems.
Chronic (long term) anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, and digestive problems.
In addition, suppressed anger ignores interpersonal needs and inappropriate responses to suppressed anger can be linked to murder, assault, emotional and physical abuse, suicide and other violent behavior.
How do you know if you are someone who suppresses their anger? Read through the following and see how many of these statements you identify with.
- I am a very private person and take life seriously.
- Appearing competent and in control is important to me. I tend to be a perfectionist.
- I do not openly share my problems and frustrations.
- People tell me I am distant and moody.
- My thinking is often resentful.
- I suffer from physical problems such as headaches, stomach ailments, and sleep irregularities.
- I sometimes think my opinions and preferences are not heard or validated.
- I avoid initiating sensitive and controversial topics.
- Days may pass before anyone knows I am upset with them.
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