Why do we get angry and frustrated when we’re in pain?



Is this some sort of thing the brain does to help cope with pain?

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Psychologist here! We do something called emotional regulation, which is a cognitive process. Our brains can only process a certain amount of input every second, so it needs to filter out a lot of the things our senses perceive at any given moment. Pain is high priority, so it is hard to filter out. Compare it to a person shouting over a conversation. Pain makes the brain busy, so regulating emotions become a second priority. It also triggers the body’s stress system, which activates chemicals that make you more emotional and aggressive. It’s complex to say the least.