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Anger Cues

What are anger cues?

Once you recognize your anger triggers, try to identify your response "cues" to them. These cues signal that your anger level is rising. Cues include physical sensations, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Physical Cues: The way your body responds when you're angry, such as a pounding or racing heart, chest tightness, upset stomach, or feeling hot or flushed.

Behavioral Cues: Actions you take when you're angry, such as yelling, teeth-clenching, fist-clenching, door-slamming, or loud complaining.

Feeling Cues: Feelings you have when you're angry -- embarrassment, powerlessness, frustration, hurt, or fear. You may have underlying feelings that make your anger more intense.

Thought Cues: Thoughts or interpretations that affect your reaction to an event. If you think something is wrong or unfair, you will likely feel angry. Revenge fantasies are also thought cues and a sign of growing anger.

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