Anger is a healthy emotion that lets us know that something in our environment is threatening or distressing. Feeling angry indicates that we need to protect ourselves from something. When you get angry your heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up, and your hormones are affected.
While anger is healthy, some people struggle to express and manage their anger safely. The main approaches to managing anger include expressing, suppressing, and calming. Working with a therapist can help you learn how to express your anger safely by identifying the causes and learning calming techniques to help you feel more in control.
It is important to learn how to express your anger because unexpressed anger can cause other problems, particularly in interpersonal relationships. A therapist can help you learn the difference between asserting your needs and being aggressive.