Anger is a complex natural emotion that all of us experience to varying degrees. Some of us express it openly while others choose to keep it hidden away.
Regardless of how you deal with your anger, it’s important to know that there are many different kinds of anger that extend throughout many different branches of life.
While there is no definitive number as to how different types of anger there are, here are 8 more frequently seen types of anger.
1. Behavioural anger
Behavioural anger is probably the kind we hear about the most often. It’s the type of anger that escalates into physical aggression.
Whether that’s by hitting someone or breaking something, behavioural anger leaps out of the mental boundary and manifests into the physical world through one’s actions.
2. Judgemental anger
Judgemental anger places one’s self above all else. Essentially, it looks at the things other people have done and feels that those things are lacking. Even if the mistake is almost non-existent, judgemental anger
For example: Steve, loves to get in people’s faces about not leaving their dog in the car. He’ll confront owners with a sense of superiority where his thoughts are immediately justifiable regardless of the situation. Even if the car is left in a cool and shaded spot and the dog’s owner has only been gone for 2 minutes to take a very quick washroom break, Steve finds it unacceptable and makes a big deal out of it.
3. Chronic anger
Chronic anger is the type of anger that has practically turned into an acquired behaviour. It’s the kind of anger that flares up the moment you wake up and throughout the rest of the day.
Chronic anger manifests in hot-headed behaviour with seemingly no specific cause and is just a general anger towards everything and everyone.
“This is a person who gets into the habit of anger,” says Sacco. “[He or she] wakes up pissed off, and moves angrily from one thing to the next, setting the day up in their mind as ‘Here we go again.’ [He or she] is always looking for something to get angry about,” he adds. If you’re chronically angry, you may find help in an anger management support group or by working with a therapist. “Left untreated, this is the type of person who ends up in trouble with the law or alienates him or herself from family and friends,” says Sacco.What’s Your Anger Type? – Debbie Strong | Everyday Health
4. Passive-aggressive anger
Passive-aggressive anger is an avoidant type of anger. If this is your usual mode of anger expression, you likely try to evade all forms of confrontation, and may deny or repress any feelings of frustration or fury you’re experiencing. Passive-aggressive anger may be expressed verbally, as sarcasm, pointed silence or veiled mockery, or physically in behaviour such as chronic procrastination at work. Sometimes people who express anger passively aren’t even aware that their actions are perceived as aggressive – this can have dire personal and professional outcomes.10 types of anger: What’s your anger style – Marcus Andrews | Life Supports Counselling
5. Self-abusive anger
As you probably guessed from the name, self-abusive anger is directed towards one’s self. It’s the kind of anger that feels like you’re not good enough for anyone and is very destructive. In many cases, self-abusive anger manifests through self-harm and substance abuse.
Read more on self-hatred: Why Do I Hate My Self? Dealing With Disappointment and Anger
6. Verbal anger
Verbal anger is focused on using on one’s words to convey anger. This can be through bullying other people, sarcasm, intense shouting, and is generally considered as a form of psychological abuse towards the victim.
7. Retaliatory anger
Also called “Vengeful anger”, this type of anger arises directly from one’s experiences and is obsessed on getting revenge.
Whether someone has hurt you physically or mentally, this kind of anger is hellbent on finding ways to even the score and show a form of dominance and control.
8. Volatile anger
Volatile anger seems to come out of nowhere: if this is your type of anger, you are very quick to get upset about perceived annoyances, both big and small. Once you’ve impulsively expressed your anger, you often calm down just as quickly. Unfortunately volatile anger can be incredibly destructive, as those around you may feel they need to walk on eggshells for fear of triggering your rage. If left unchecked, volatile anger may eventually lead to violent outbursts.10 types of anger: What’s your anger style – Marcus Andrews | Life Supports Counselling
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