So you've been passed over again at work for that promotion you wanted. You're so angry that you can't get any more work done today, so you've come to HowStuffWorks to spend the rest of the day doing quizzes. Maybe understanding anger might help you to relax!
What's the difference between women's anger and men's anger?
Women's anger is more likely to be unjustified, while men's anger usually has a good justification.
Women are more likely to become angry with those around them, while men are more likely to become angry at the world at large and inanimate objects.
Women can't control their anger, but men can.
Anger in women is more likely triggered by their close relationships, such as when they feel let down by family members and friends. Men are more likely to be angered by strangers, objects that aren't working correctly and larger societal issues.
What does Phineas Gage have to teach us about anger?
He came up with the idea of counting to 10 when angry.
He suffered a brain injury that demonstrated the importance of the frontal lobe in controlling rage.
He wrote an influential book about anger shown by Jesus in the Bible.
Phineas Gage was a mild-mannered railroad worker until he suffered an accident in which a rod went through his skull, right above the left eye. From then on, Gage was angry, irritable and unstable. The rod had destroyed the frontal lobe's ability to control an anger response.
In a study of almost 13,000 subjects, individuals with the highest levels of anger had a higher risk of heart attack compared to those with the lowest levels of anger. How much greater was the risk?
Three times as much
Five times as much
10 times as much
The study found that individuals with the highest level of anger had three times the risk of heart attack, as well as twice the risk of coronary heart disease, as individuals with the lowest levels of anger.
Of course -- haven't you ever stepped on a cat's tail?
No, animals are more likely expressing fear.
Further testing is needed on the brains of animals to make a judgment.
Anger requires a mental component that many scientists think that animals aren't capable of. Animals are likely expressing fear, a primary emotion, rather than anger, a secondary emotion which requires attributing blame.