Tuesday, August 04, 2015

What are the causes of anger?

Anger may be defined as a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence accompanied by an impulse to retaliate, and is aroused by the perception of intentional unfairness or injustice.

It is a very common and necessary emotion and in itself is not a problem as long as it is controlled. The problems arise when the anger starts to control the person, rather than the other way around.

One leading theory causes of anger is that either pain/discomfort or believing that someone has hostile intent toward one cause anger, and anger directly leads to aggressive behavior.  This theory called Berkowitz’s cognitive neoassociationistic model of anger generation.

The perception of intentional unfairness or injustice is the ultimate core cause of all anger. The greater the perception of intention by the other person, and the evilness of the unjustness, the greater the anger.

The issue of injustice rests on the assumption of entitlement. Anger is natural, normal, useful, life-saving feeling which alerts the individual to threat either from an external source, or from an unmet internal need or perception, and provides the individual with the energy, in the form of adrenaline and other physical response, to either destroy or escape from the threat.

Long term causes of anger, include situations that continue over a period of time, whether it is just for a few days or for many years. The situations might include a too heavy load of homework at school, an ongoing disagreement with a sibling or a friend or stresses over money or things such as whether he or she will be able to get into college.

There are four general external sources of anger.
*Personal attacks
*Threats to one’s ideas or opinions
*Threats to one’s basic needs
*Frustrating events or people
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