Anger – Ways to REACT (Part 2)

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SITE: “Anger – The Hidden Anxiety Emotion


4. Three TYPES of Anger (cont.)
a. Hidden  (Part 1)
b. Habitually IRRITATED Type
Physically : it can be part of untreated clinical depression, a side effect of drugs & alcohol abuse, or of some medications. Genetics & family mental illness can also play a part
Psychologically : the underpinning comes from being shamed / neglected / abused as a child, creating deep-seated fear & sense of powerlessness

Our WIC assumes everyone is dangerous, & defends against them by a brittle layer of anger/ rage. Repeated traumatic events, environmental stress & social / religious constrictions also contribute, preventing the sufferer from learning appropriate coping skills

• Chronically angry/ resentful people (including wounded Type As) have years of experiencing disappointment & frustration, leading them to continually expect more of the same, so it doesn’t take much for them to get angry at even small daily stressors.

Chronic resentment is an ego defense, by keeping track of injuries, dragging them around in a mental bag full of hurt. (From the Latin root : to feel anger over & over)
The more fragile a person’s sense of Self (missing True Self), the more resentment is needed – more important than accurate info, truth & reason, reinforced by greatly distorted thinking (see list of CDs).

• The default position of such people is to always assume & look for emotional potholes, justifying their anger. Stuck in a rut, they’re usually very predictable.  They tend to go through their days looking for a fight, seeing the worst in everyone & every situation. The need to devalue others – to protect themself – easily leads to verbal/ emotional abuse, & eventually to contempt & disgust in their relationships

Their toxic attitude keeps others emotionally & physically far away, which repeats the experience of childhood abandonment in the resenter. This reinforces their shame & so validates their feeling of un-lovability, which leads to even more anger. They report higher levels of family conflict & less social support – because of the effect their anger has on everyone they deal with.CHRONIC angerInternally 
• cranky, curmudgeonly (Jeff Dunham’s WALTER)
• perpetually cynical, bitter, judgmental, controlling
• dissatisfied with of everything, overly critical of themself
• passively resistant, interfering with their own progress
Aggressive: overly critical, fault-finding, name-calling, sarcasm, cruelty, prejudice, cynical humor & teasing, flashes of temper or explosive rages
Assaults: physical harm, verbal rage, slapping, shoving, using a weapon
Hurtful: malicious gossip, stirring up trouble, stealing, mean pranks
Rebellious:hating authority, indirectly challenging or openly defiant  (Questions to ask oneself re. symptoms)

c. EXPLOSIVE rage/ anger Type
This is a behavior disorder expressed by unplanned explosive outbursts, with verbal &/or physical abuse, such as impulsive screaming. The person’s reactions are triggered by relatively unimportant events, out of proportion to the actual situation

However, some people do notice their internal ‘warning signs’ before an outburst – such as physical tension, mood & energy changes…. but can’t stop themselves from reacting. (Wikipedia)
— Some become anger junkies, who get off on the adrenaline rush of emotional explosions, which get reinforced if the barrage lets them get their way, at least in the short-term

• Exploders ignore their hurt & anger for a long time, like a dormant volcano. When they finally erupt, the rage usually gets projected onto innocent victims (children, animals, the iPhone….) who didn’t cause the original pain – like hot lava, covering everything in sight.  It takes a lot to push them over the edge, but when that line is crossed, the earth shakes & everyone runs for cover.

EXP: “If you leave your jacket on the floor one more time, I’m leaving you!”
• The build-up usually comes from:
– long-term frustration about not getting one’s needs met in current situations (a marriage, a job….)
– long-term abuse /abandonment in intimate relationships (from parents, a spouse, s teacher….)

• Never taught how to deal with a wide range of hurt – from irritation to assaults – these people habitually swallow it until ‘stuffed’, & then let it out – inappropriately. Because humans can’t feel empathy & rage at the same time, the exploder will say & do overly harsh things they later regret.

NEXT: Ways to react (Part 3)

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