Anger is one of our natural emotions; however, dealing with anger can be very unpleasant. Feeling angry sometimes is proof of being a healthy human; however, if you are mad, it often has deteriorating effects on your physical and mental health.
Anger can be motivating if you learn to express it in productive ways. If you let your anger come out and create destruction every time, there will be legal and health consequences.
When you start observing people during their temper tantrums, you will realize that everyone is a different kind of aggressive. So it’s essential to understand what your anger type is so that you can take measures to use your aggression productively. You may be experiencing more than one type of anger, and it’s also totally fine.
Sometimes you are extremely angry at someone deep inside, but you don’t start shouting or even acknowledge it. During those times, you may be experiencing passive aggression. Passive-aggressive people usually use sarcasm to express their anger. Passive aggressive people are actually the ones who try to avoid fights and don’t want to be confronted, so they try to express their anger in safer ways. Most women have a passive-aggressive pattern of anger.
Children with authoritative parents also develop passive ways to express their anger as they perceive it as threatening to express them actively. Passive aggression becomes a lifestyle when you are primarily around people that you either don’t want to hurt or are stronger than you, and you perceive expressing your anger actively in front of them as threatening.
A problem with bottling up all the aggression is that it has physical and mental consequences in the long run. Just like energy in the body needs to be regulated; otherwise, it accumulates and causes obesity, psychological energy also needs to be expressed and regulated to avoid accumulation.
People who recognize their anger style as passive should adopt healthy ways to express themselves. One good way to use the excess energy boost you experience during anger is to engage in physical activities. You can also talk to the friends that you feel safer with about the incidents where you feel aggressive, so you can process your thoughts and regulate your emotions.
Do you act out before you think? Have you damaged other people’s property in a rage? Do people around you feel uncomfortable because of your short temperament? If the answer to these questions is affirmative, then you have a volatile anger type.
The intense form of volatile anger is that it turns into intermittent explosive disorder. People with volatile aggression quickly act out disastrously and suddenly reach extreme means for minor problems.
People with intermittent explosive disorder are unable to form long-term relationships and have issues in their personal lives. Volatile aggression should not be accepted in any case, and such people must seek professional help for their behavior modification.
Volatile aggression is common in people with substance abuse problems, and males have a higher risk of having intermittent explosive disorder.
Chronic anger is a type of anger where you might feel that you have been overly aggressive for a few months. People with chronic anger have a habitual aggressive temperament.
People with chronic anger are typically sick and easily catch viral infections because of a weak immune system. They quickly catch conditions like hypertension and cardiac arrest, as they have increased blood pressure and pulse rate.
If you see someone angry almost every morning, as if they wake up angry, then they might suffer from chronic anger. Generally, if people are mad at something during the night, they at least wake up fresh, and then we recall the incident to regain the rage, but people with chronic anger will wake up angry.
You can now easily recognize a person’s anger style as you have learned about three significant types of anger. Different anger styles also indicate that everyone experiences anger in one way or another.
Various therapies can help with varying kinds of rage. If one technique is not working for you, maybe it is not for your particular type of anger. A mental health practitioner will better tell you suitable strategies for your kind of anger.