Everyday, somewhere in America, violence erupts. Each night on the news there are people telling their horror stories of injury and trauma, testifying to the terror that occurs in big cities and small communities. Yet this country seems to say with a shrug, "What are you gonna do."
We are the home of the brave and the land of the free. We are also the land of the violent. Other countries do not understand why Americans are so violent, and neither do we. They say there are 99 guns for every 100 people. But the issue is not handguns. Take away the handguns and there will be stabbings. We think the issue is violence on television. But why is there violence on television in the first place? Because we demand it. Some of us think that the issue is policing. Yet, the most brutal and sustained violence in this country takes place behind closed doors, where police cannot go until it is too late.
Researchers have found a connection between being hungry and feeling angry. Why does this happen? As humans, we have the choice to listen to our hunger or ignore it. Yet, in our busy and overbooked lives, we often choose to ignore this signal – waiting far too long to feed an empty stomach.
Most people have heard the old saying about never going to bed upset. Some say it goes back to the Bible, in Ephesians 4:26. “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Yet, researchers suggest that when people are sleep deprived, they feel more irritable, angry and hostile.
The term “flooding” describes the release of hormones that “flood” or prepare your body for action. These chemicals must pass through your body, be absorbed into the tissues and released into the urine before your body returns to normal.
I think understanding information on the brain is essential in laying a foundation for anger management. Your brain is the center of your logic and emotions. By understanding how your body works, you can make better sense over why you think and feel what you do when angry.