Anger Can Slow Healing, Study Says

February 24, 2008 12:05 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Ohio State University researchers have found that patients with anger control problems heal more slowly than others.

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The study was conducted with 98 patients who agreed to receive standardized blister wounds. Researchers monitored the healing of these blisters over the course of eight days.

They found that people who identified themselves as having problems with anger control were 4.2 times more likely to take longer than four days to heal.

Lead researcher, Jean-Philippe Gouin told The Daily Telegraph, "We found that individuals who were able to control the expression of their anger healed faster standardized wounds. Therefore, the variable of interest in our study is a characteristic of the individual, not of the environment.”

Gouin also stated that this was the first study dealing with the impact of anger control on healing.

Headline Link: ‘Losing Your Temper Can Delay Healing’

Background: The Ohio State University study

Related Topics: Combating stress


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