The Cycle of Anger
The Trigger Phase
The trigger phase happens when we perceive a threat or loss, and our body prepares to respond. In this phase, there is a subtle change from an individualís normal/ adaptive state into his stressed state.
The Escalation Phase
In the escalation phase, there is the progressive appearance of the anger response. In this phase, our body prepares for a crisis after perceiving the trigger. This preparation is mostly physical, and is manifested through symptoms like rapid breathing, increased heart rate and raised blood pressure.
The Crisis Phase
As previously mentioned, the escalation phase is progressive, and it is in the crisis phase that the anger reaction reaches its peak. In the crisis phase our body is on full alert, prepared to take action in response to the trigger.
The Recovery Phase
The recovery phase happens when the anger has been spent, or at least controlled, and there is now a steady return to a personís normal/ adaptive state. In this stage, reasoning and awareness of oneís self returns.
The Depression Phase
The depression phase marks a return to a personís normal/ adaptive ways. Physically, this stage marks below normal vital signs, such as heart rate, so that the body can recover equilibrium.