Why we are prone to sudden ‘snaps’ of rage and what we can do to control them

We like to believe that we are in control of our actions, but sometimes we are not. A sudden incident can overtake the conscious will and launch us into violent action that risks our life and limb in an instant. I know, because it happened to me.  I am a neuroscientist, and after witnessing my violent reflexes explode without conscious deliberation, I was propelled on a quest to understand the disturbing behaviour of suddenly “snapping” aggressively – to freeze that moment in time and look inside the brain to find out what is happening when sudden rage erupts without conscious control.  The search took me into scientific laboratories around the world to learn the latest findings on the neuroscience of sudden anger and aggression, and into the field to meet…


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