Why Does My Face Turn Red When I Am Angry?
Suppose you are very angry for some reason, at that moment the person right in front of you can tell you that your face has turned red as though your blood were ready to boil. Although it is physiologically impossible for steams to come out of your ears, but when extremely angry, you might look that way.
A Tool to Express Yourself
But being angry is a nervous system response, specifically a response to a threat. When something, even mildly upsetting causes you immediate stress, if someone destroys your sand castle or ruins your puzzles, your sympathetic nervous system may identify it as a threat and activate a flight or fight response. This response, affecting your whole body can prepare you to either fight the threat or run away from it.
This will also happen when you are embarrassed or nervous. But in case of being angry, the response will be more of fight than flight.
The Redness Explained
So within a few seconds you can feel your pupils have grown larger, you heart beats faster, and blood vessels have widen all over your body to increase blood flow.
This action allows more blood to reach your muscles providing the with oxygen and prepare them for action for example, putting up a fight or running away. Because of this, the vessels in your face also widen which allows more blood to flow in. and as these vessels are quite close to the surface of your skin, the extra blood might actually become visible enough to see. This explains the reddish cheeks.
An Involuntary Response
This effect of course is more noticeable in people with lighter skin tone, but no matter the color of the skin, same response happens to everybody. And not to forget all this happens by the command of the sympathetic nervous system, meaning it’s involuntary. Scientists are still learning what, if any revolutionary function this response known as flushing might have, especially because humans seem to be the only creature that has it.
It is agreeable that this demonstration of redness might have been helpful for communicating our emotions. When your face turns red, people have a better idea of how you’re feeling. So next time you glow red with anger, just know that it is your body’s way of expressing your emotions.
Transcripted by Benazir Elahee Munni