Rage can be defined as a sense of uncontrollable anger, often a violent sensation. Often, we feel overcome with this sense of rage due to a specific situation or event. To be enraged suggests a highly hostile response to whatever has caused your outrage. Sometimes rage can lead to a dangerous state of mind. Individuals are prone to attempting to do difficult, reckless or impossible things due to increased adrenaline within the body.

The problem with rage

Rage is dangerous both to our health and to our capacity to control ourselves. Research suggests that individuals who often experience bouts of anger may be more prone to feelings of depression and anxiety. Other physicians have gone as far as to suggest that repressed rage leads to physical illness. Hypertension and cardiac problems are also known to be associated complications of anger.

Furthermore, rage is an undesirable trait for making us prone to snapping at others, acting irrationally and losing sight of ourselves. This is not good for our relationships nor our sense of self. In terms of development, it helps us to be able to control our emotional responses to maintain a more level state.

Often, rage is a trait found in those with fundamentalist religious or political views. Rage can result from fundamentalist viewpoints or a lack of cognitive flexibility to feel empathy for other ideologies. While it is not wrong to hold specific beliefs, it is healthy to distance your mind’s processes from the immediacy of fundamentalist viewpoints which cause you to develop ‘tunnel vision’ or see the world in a polarizing way.

Why we experience rage

Rage is believed to be an in-built behaviour of humans. Rage tends to bring out aggression as a response to a severely adverse event. Sometimes we exhibit rage as a result of finding our beliefs or grounding ideas challenged. However, rage can also be a hostile response to feeling betrayed or experiencing disloyalty. People may find their experiences of rage worse or more intense if they think they have underlying traumatic experiences which have affected their ability to process difficult emotions, causing the mind to skip straight to violent response rather than rational thought.

Fundamentally, we uncover the cause of our rage through an exploration of self-knowledge. It can be hard and painful to discover what has established trauma within us, producing a problem such as rage. To resolve such an issue, we have to process the emotions associated with adverse events to move forwards.

Rage and guided meditation

Rage is an issue that can be treated using guided meditation. Guided meditation allows for a more composed view of emotions and feelings, allowing for analysis of the reasoning behind our emotions rather than a sober fit of anger. Suppose you experience rage and wish to change the way it affects you. In that case, guided meditation can offer techniques such as breathing exercises and calming visualisations and personal activities to control your emotional responses, such as journaling and affirmations to realign your thought processes with positivity.

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