Wednesday, February 20, 2008

'Anger control' key to recovery

'Anger control' key to recovery

Learning to control your anger may also speed up the healing process after surgery, US research suggests.
The Brain Behavior and Immunity study indicates stress has a major impact on the body's ability to repair itself.

Nearly 100 participants were asked to rate how well they could control their temper, and the speed at which they recovered from a blister was monitored.

Hotheads were more than four times likely to take more than four days to heal than mild-mannered counterparts.

Your body prioritises and sorts one thing out at a time, so if you are stressed your body works through that before it gets on with the process of healing
Steve Bloom
Imperial College London

The team at Ohio State University gave participants blisters on one of their arms and then monitored how the wound healed over the course of eight days.

They were asked to fill in a questionnaire which looked at how anger was expressed - whether externally, by shouting at others, for instance, or internally, when one rages insides but keeps a cool exterior.

More at the BBC

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