While any repressed emotion can take its toll on the mind and body, anger is particularly harmful when it remains unresolved. Anger rarely simply disappears when we choose to ignore it, and often erodes our life, sense of self, and our feelings of freedom and safety. In fact, the negative effects of unresolved anger can include adverse career consequences, mood disorders, relationship difficulties and even harm to our physical health.
Effects of Unresolved Anger
Unresolved anger tends to fester within us, leading to a host of negative consequences. When anger remains unresolved, it can sap our energy, impede our personal progress, and tax our bodies unnecessarily.
When anger remains unresolved, it often leads to outbursts, low self-esteem or resentment. These negative effects can take a toll on our personal relationships, leading to avoidance of conflict, lowered intimacy, and even verbal or physical abuse.