As part of Science Week 2020, neuroscientist Ian Robertson is sharing top tips to help us apply science to our day to day lives.
Living with others can be tough at the best of times but living with someone in lockdown - whether it be your other half, your mother, or your housemate - can be particularly trying.
To put it simply, we're emotional beings, and if we feel that we're being treated unfairly then our minds can be clouded with emotion.
What exactly is happening in the brain?
According to Ian, when anger overtakes us, the amygdala part of the brain ramps up to a high level, pushing it into emergency response mode.
This disrupts the functioning of the frontal lobes, where rational thinking and inhibition normally keep us out of trouble. Our attention becomes blinkered, the brain floods with too much noradrenaline - a neurotransmitter that further interferes with our inability to think cooly. We are pumped up for action and dangerously over-focused.
So, what's the science hack?
According to Ian, constructive anger can be good for you. Try to explain clearly and slowly why what has been said or done to you makes you feel so bad.
Avoid 'You' statements and focus on 'I' statements. Explain how you feel and the situation should improve.