December 30, 2012

Hulk May Have Had It Right To Begin With, Science Says Getting Angry Is Ok

Maybe the Hulk had it right after all, because new research indicates that expressing a little bit of anger could add years to your life.

Researchers Marcus Mund and Kristin Mitte at the University of Jena in Germany say that being hot-tempered and expressing your anger could be a key to enjoying a long and healthy life.

The researchers said the latest findings may explain why the hot headed Italians and Spanish live two years longer than the English, who are known to “keep calm and carry on.”

The team found that expressing self-restraint and holding back negative emotions could have its own set of health repercussions for a person’s physical and mental well-being.

Mund and Mitte analyzed more than 6,000 patients, and found that people who internalized their anxiety suffered from an elevated pulse.

They said that a raised pulse can result in high blood pressure, and increase a person’s risk of developing a wide range of conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.

The team wrote in the journal Health Psychologies about their findings of how hulk-like behavior, and turning green when getting angry, may be just what the doctor ordered.

“These people are distinguished by the way that they attempt to conceal outward signs of fear, and also by their defensive behavior,” Mund said to Daily Mail.

“They avoid risks and always seek a high level of control over themselves and their surroundings,” he explained. “For instance, when exposed to a stressful task they exhibit a higher heart rate and pulse ratio than non-repressors and show other objective signs of stress and anxiety.”

They found that while “repressors” are at risk for developing certain illnesses, they have faster rates of recovering from a range of other conditions, because they are more disciplined and motivated.

“Because of their need for control, repressors are very disciplined and more motivated to adapt their lifestyles,” Mund told Daily Mail.

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