Types of Anger Issues- Your Anger Style

Written by: Tanvi Vinay Gangavali – MA
(Psychology)

Last updated date : March 15, 2022

Are you feeling angry most of the time? Do people say you are an angry person? Well, then this article is for you. Anger is a complex and refined emotion. Anger is said to be negative. Feeling angry is natural. Behaviour such as shouting or aggression means the person is angry. In this article, let us learn what are anger issues, the signs and different types of anger issues, and how to deal with them.

Chapter 1:
What Are Types of Anger Issues?

Emotion is a part of every person. It helps to respond to our environment. Anger is healthy and is neither good nor bad. Anger is just an emotion. Also, everyone feels angry. Situations such as threats, harm to oneself can make you feel angry. Most importantly, not being able to control anger means a person has anger issues. Different types of anger issues impact your life. It can also affect your body and mind.

Causes

Your environment is the cause of different types of anger issues. Stress, financial problems, family issues can cause anger issues. Also, situations that consume your time and energy can make you feel angry most of the time. Your genes tell how you respond when you are angry. Also, your hormones play a role in how you respond when you are angry.

Signs
Anger is normal and healthy when it is in the ideal range. Also, when anger cannot be controlled it can be harmful. Here are some signs of anger issues you may be experiencing-
  • Always find yourself feeling angry.
  • Small things also make you feel angry.
  • Are hurting others or oneself physically.
  • Are verbally hurting others.
  • Feel that your anger is out of control.
  • Feel sorry for your actions or behaviours when you were angry.
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Chapter 2:
Types of Anger Issues

There are different types of anger. These types of anger issues are based on how strong it is.

Type 1: Chronic Anger

This type of anger issue is when you are angry most of the time. It is a bitter feeling. You feel anger towards yourself. You see that you wake up angry. Feeling angry the entire day is seen. You move angrily from one thing to the next. This type makes the immune system weak. Also, it is ongoing. It causes health issues such as high blood pressure or even heart issues.

Type 2: Passive Anger

In this type of anger issue then you do not know you are angry. This is an avoidant form of an anger issue. You do not want any type of encounter. You do not accept that you are angry. Also, holding back anger is seen. Being mean to friends or people is also seen. Also, behaviours such as missing tasks or purposely delaying a task are common. Using sarcasm when angry is noticed. You may also see distancing from friends and family. You may perform poorly at work. It looks like you are purposely self-defeating yourself. You do not know when you are angry. Also, you cannot explain your actions.

Type 3: Retaliatory Anger

This type of anger issue is instinctive. It is seen when confronted by someone. It is because of revenge for an act that is seen as wrong. For example, a small issue turns into an argument even though you know it will not help. It is planned and purposeful. Also, It is for taking revenge with a tit-for-tat attitude.

Type 4: Behavioral Anger

Behavioural anger is a conscious choice to react physically when in anger. This form is aggressive. It can range to the end of being violent. For example, breaking or throwing things. It can also lead to physically attacking or scaring someone. In short, this type of anger issue has a negative outcome. Problems in personal relationships are common as it is uncertain. Also, It has an impact on having trusting and respectful relationships.

Type 5: Judgmental Anger

This type of anger is a reaction to an unfair act. It can also be a reaction to someone else’s weakness. In this, one feels either better than, or less than, others. Judgmental anger is holding a morally higher attitude than justified anger. You do not like anyone with a different opinion. Also, it can keep friends or family away.

Type 6: Overwhelmed Anger

An uncontrolled type of anger issue. This is because of intense and stressful situations. It occurs when we feel a situation is beyond our control. We feel hopeless. Unexpected life events can cause this type of anger. Also, taking too much responsibility can lead to this type of anger. Anger here is an emotion trying to make us aware that we cannot manage the stress or even cope with it.

Type 7: Assertive Anger

A constructive type of anger. This type of anger issue helps in bringing a change. Your feelings of anger act as a medium for positive change. In other types of anger issues, people use destructive ways to show they are angry. However, in this type, you use anger in ways that create change. This helps you meet your needs and wants.

Type 8: Self-Abusive Anger

Self-abusive anger is a type of anger that has shame. You stay with the feeling that the future is dim and not good enough and shameful, you tend to stay with those feelings. Moreover, you show anger using negative self-talk or self-harm. Also, substance use or eating issues may be present. You are attacking those around you to hide feelings of low self-worth. Also, you feel lonely. For example, Frequently not eating food just because you are angry.

Type 9: Verbal Anger

This type of anger issue is less dangerous. However, it is a form of emotional and mental abuse. It hurts the opposite person. It is quarrelsome. The person tends to release the anger by harming someone else who does not wish for it. Verbal abuse is seen as shouting, warning and taunting. Also, sarcasm, severe blaming, or negative talk is used. Afterwards, when the anger calms down the person feels guilty and sorry.

Type 10: Volatile Anger

This type of anger comes out of nowhere and comes out of the blue. In this type of anger issue, you are quick to get upset about big or small irritations. Here, You get angry quickly and also calm down quickly. This type of anger issue is scary. Also, it can be harmful to others. People around you live in the constant fear of not knowing when you will get angry. This type of anger issue has an impact on your relationships and personal life.

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Chapter 3:
Dealing with Different Types of Anger Issues

Different types of anger issues have an impact on the body and mind. Some strategies you can do on your own. For some, support and help from family and friends are needed. Here are a few tips in which you can manage different types of anger issues-

Tip 1- Think before Speaking

Anger rises very fast. For example, taking a break for a minute or counting numbers 1-10 help. Deep breathing can also be practised. This helps you to think about the situation and what you should do or say.

Tip 2- Express Your Anger

Any emotion expressed positively is healthy. Talking about what makes you feel angry helps to be less angry. Also, trying to find the reason for feeling angry can solve most of the anger issues faced by you. For example, writing a note to your friend about what makes you angry.

Tip 3- Look For Solutions

When we pay attention to the problem then we feel angrier. Hence looking at solutions to the problem helps to reduce anger. Also, remind yourself that anger will not solve any problems. Anger only creates more stress. For example, write down solutions to your problem in your diary.

Tip 4- Use ‘I’ Statements

When we are angry we tend to blame others or the situation. We do not accept that one is feeling angry. Using “I” statements helps. It helps to know the reason for being angry. Also, it can help solve it. For example, Instead of saying “You never wash the plates.” you can say “I am upset that you did not help to wash the plates.”

Tip 5- Let Go of Grudges

“Forgive and Forget”. Letting go and forgiving helps to reduce feelings of anger. It also helps to find solutions to the problem.

Tip 6- Using Humor

Cracking a joke when angry helps lighten your mood. A joke also reduces your anger feelings. But, be careful not to use sarcasm as this will have a negative result.

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