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When the anger we see is actually anxiety

Author: FITivate | Published date: July 8, 2021 | Category: Mind

Learn to identify anxiety and lend
a helping hand

Being misunderstood can lead to insecurities and frustrations which may translate to a display of anger. 

How do we spot anxiety in an angry person?

Physical Responses 

- Crying
- Protesting
- Heavy Breathing
- Wide-open eyes
- Trying to escape
- Hitting out

Signs of Disengagement 

- Flat, still or frozen facial features
- Lack of interest
- Monotone / flat tone
- Lack of exploration
- Slow / decreased body movement

What to do?

- Give cues to the angry person that he / she is physically and emotionally safe
- Understand this as a stress response as what we are asking may exceed his / her ability to carry out
- Be flexible in changing plans and prioritise warmth, engagement, and understanding

Dr Shawn Ee.

BSc. BPsych. DPsych.(Clinical), Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Registered Psychologist (AHPRA; Australia) 

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