If you’re looking for some signs (or symptoms) of anger problems, then you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out 7 ways to know if you, or someone you know, potentially has an anger issue.
This list, is by no means, set in stone; but it should at least give you an idea of where you are – as far as handling anger is concerned.
1. Getting Angry Often – Everyone experiences anger from time to time, but getting angry more times than you can count, can be an indicator of an anger problem.
2. Holding on to Anger for Long Periods of Time – Being angry for a small amount of time can be ok – but staying angry for long periods of time, can introduce health problems, or escalate into bigger issues.
There is no set amount of time to be angry, but it’s safe to say that being angry for most of your life, or for years and years can turn into something ugly.
3. Getting Angry About ‘Anything’ or For No Reason – We all have our so-called hot buttons. There’s going to be something that can get us angry. Some of us, on the other hand, tend to fly off the handle over any little thing, on a frequent basis. Does that describe you?
4. Allowing Anger to Control You – Does everything you do, say, or feel revolve around anger? Going out of your way to avoid getting angry, or constantly being on the lookout for things that can make you angry, gives control to anger – while, at the same time, letting it run your life.
5. Using Anger to Control Others – It should go without saying, that using anger and fear tactics to control someone else is not only hurting you, but those around you. If people are walking on eggshells around you, then you may need to take a good look at the way you’re interacting with people.
6. Having Intense Anger – If you frequently find yourself getting so angry that your vision starts getting blurred, you get light-headed, or your arms/hands start shaking uncontrollably, there’s a strong possibility that you have a problem with anger (or some other health issue).
7. Aggressive Anger – Of course this is not a good sign. This is probably one of the most obvious, and serious, indications of an anger issue. If you consistently express your anger by getting aggressive – physically or verbally – then seek the help of an anger management professional.
Now that you’ve gone through this list of anger problem symptoms, do you think you have an anger issue? Or maybe you recognize some of them in someone you know?
Here’s the good news…
Although, Angry Benson (see video below) does a poor job of doing so, you can choose to not let anger control you. Here’s a good place to start…