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   Lesson II: Theory of Stress
 Module V: The Emotions of Stress
Contents
 – Module V- Stress Emotions/Anger and Fear
    • Content
    • Self-Assessment Anger Quiz
    • Discussion Questions
    • Review
 – Final Test
Module V: The Emotions of Stress

• In this module the learner will be
 introduced to the stress emotions of fear
 and anger and their impact on the
 physical body. At the end of this module:
  – The learner will identify their anger patterns
    through a self-assessment test, the results to
    be shared in reflective discussion.
Anger and Fear

• Anger and fear are two emotions of stress.
  – Anger allows us to want to fight a threat.
  – Fear allows us to want to flee a threat.
  – Thus both are part of Fight or Flight.
  – They protect us
Anger and Fear
• Anger is a defense mechanism that when
 dealt with and diffused appropriately can
 be a very healthy expression.
  – Anger that is expressed with hostility or is
    suppressed.
  – Anger causes the physiological changes
    associated with fight or flight, with peripheral
    vasodilation increasing, causing a flushed
    face.
Anger and Fear
• Relationship of improperly expressed anger and
  disease:
  –   Migraine headaches
  –   Ulcers
  –   Colitis
  –   Arthritis
  –   Hypertension
  –   Heart Disease (Hostility is directly related to this)
Anger and Fear

• Anger and Fear
                                 Anger
           Hatred
                                                Explode




     Hostility                                            Withdrawal


                 Physical Problems       Resentment
Anger and Fear

• Well Managed Anger
                         Anger

       Greater                                  Recognize and
       interaction and                          Validate Feelings
       improved
       relationships

                                                  Evaluate

          Problem
          Resolution        Control and Clear
                            Expression
Anger and Fear
• Fear is the flight response of fight or
  flight. When recognized and dealt with
  this is a very healthy defense mechanism.
  – Fear which is irrational or has not been
    addressed can develop into unwarranted fear.
  – Unwarranted fear can block our ability to
    discern when we are truly threatened.
  – It causes a pale complexion due to
    vasoconstriction.
Anger and Fear
• Relationship of improperly expressed fear
 and disease:
  – Anger
  – Anxiety
  – Depression
  – Ulcers
  – Colitis
  – Autoimmune Diseases
Anger Assessment

• The following is a quick exercise to assist
 you to understand how you exhibit anger
 in a course of a day and the frequency.
Anger Assessment
• When I feel angry, my anger tends to surface in the
    following ways:
•   Anxious
•   Depressed
•   Over eat
•   Start dieting
•   Trouble sleeping
•   Excessive sleeping
•   Careless Driving
•   Chronic fatigue
•   Abuse alcohol/drugs
Anger Assessment
•   Explode in rage
•   Cold withdrawal
•   Tension headaches
•   Migraine headaches
•   Sarcasm
•   Hostile joking
•   Accident prone
•   Guilty and self-blaming
•   Smoke or drink
•   High blood pressure
•   Frequent nightmares
Anger Assessment
•   Tendency to harp or nag
•   Intellectualize
•   Upset Stomach
•   Muscle tension
•   Swear or name call
•   Cry
•   Threaten others
•   Buy things
•   Frequent lateness
•   Never feel angry
•   Clenched jaw muscles/TMJ
•   bored
Anger Assessment
•   Nausea, vomiting
•   Skin problems
•   Easily irritable
•   Sexual difficulty
•   Sexual apathy
•   Busy work
•   Sulk, whine
•   Hit, throw things
•   Complain whine
•   Cut/mutilate myself
•   Insomnia
•   Promiscuity
•   Help others
Anger Assessment

• Other
 ______________________________

• My average number of anger episodes per
 day is____________________.
Discussion and Application
• Take a moment to answer the following questions and
  be prepared to share your answers within the group or if
  online you may send your responses as a word
  attachment to ruthvabeach@yahoo.com. I will respond
  to your comments within 24 hours.

• Based on the anger assessment quiz, do you feel you
  have issues with managing anger? If so, what is your
  current style? Think of three ways to vent your anger or
  redirect it in a healthy way.
Discussion and Application

• If you feel you don’t have anger issues,
 share how you deal with your anger.
Review
• Anger and fear are healthy emotions that when
  expressed appropriately protect us from harm.
• There is a direct correlation with disease and
  mismanaged anger, especially heart disease.
• Mismanaged anger and fear just lead to more anger and
  fear.

      Click here if you feel you need to review this
      module before continuing on to the final test    for
  Lesson II. To review other lessons:
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Test
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  Test on Lesson II: Theory of Stress, before
  continuing on with the next two lessons.
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