What Apex Predator Are You Like When You're Angry?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Apex Predator Are You Like When You're Angry?
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About This Quiz

Calling someone an animal can be an insult or a compliment. If one calls a pugilist "an animal," then it is generally taken as a compliment because aggression in the ring is the highest virtue a boxer can espouse. On the other hand, if you were to tell your date that they eat spaghetti like an animal, it would likely be the last date you'd have with this person.

People say "men behave like dogs" or "you look like the cat that caught the canary". Even William Shakespeare likened people to animals in "The Taming of The Shrew." Perhaps this attitude toward human and animal behavior reaches back to our time as ancient humans, with totemic animal religions and a healthy fear of the things howling in the night. Whatever the source, the appellation is accurate: sometimes, especially when we get mad, we behave in animalistic ways.

Your behavior when enraged may be deeply rooted in what sets you off. Do you remember any particular moments you are ashamed of when you really flew off the handle? Do you remember what you did, or did it all disappear in the red mist of rage? We've got the method to figure all of this out. Take this quiz and we'll tell you which apex predator you are like when you're enraged!

How often do you get really mad?
Any time I smell blood in the water.
Any day I have the energy.
On those rare occasions I run into total jerks!
I'm always mad.

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How long does your rage tend to last?
The total fury lasts seconds.
It can last hours.
I don't know. I lose track of time.
It's a slow boil.

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How quickly does your anger morph into behavior?
Immediately, like clockwork
It takes a minute.
Only a few seconds
It doesn't need to morph at all. It just is.

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How specific does the shape of your fury become?
I always go to the same place.
It varies a bit, but has the same framework.
It's abstract.
It's super specific. I have my go-to behaviors.

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From what part of your personality does your angry behavior come?
My subconscious
My pride
I don't know.
My control issues

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Is your anger a display for the benefit of third parties?
No. It's all for me.
Yeah, I want people to get out of my way.
No, I just want to be alone.
Yes, I want my legend to spread.

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Is your anger aimed at controlling the object of your rage?
No, it's aimed at destroying it.
Yes, but it's more than just that.
That's all it is.
Partly, but it's also about a feeling of emptiness.

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How calculating are you when you get mad?
Not at all
Fairly calculating
Only a bit
I'm so calculating. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

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How much do people fear your rage?
The very idea makes people shiver.
Not as much as they should.
They fear it mostly because they don't know what it looks like, and that terrifies them.
Very much, because they have seen enemies to whom I've laid waste.

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How likely are people to stop and watch when you get really mad?
Unlikely. They'll just run.
Very likely. I could sell tickets.
If they're smart, they'll try to be discreet.
Very unlikely, but they'll wish they had.

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How quickly do you revert to normal after flying into a rage?
It takes a minute to calm down.
I'll be on fire for days.
It takes a few minutes.
I never cool down.

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How would someone describe the look in your eyes when you get mad?
Crazy. Rolled back in my head. Possessed
Authoritative
Demonic
Burning bright

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When you lash out, how to do you strike?
From below, without warning
Frontal assault
Slashing and stabbing for the vital organs
With tooth and nail

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How much are you built for your preferred expression of rage?
When I bare my teeth, it's enough to make others' blood run cold.
I've got a face that looks like it's going to get mad in exactly the way I do.
I don't look like I should get mad.
I'm pretty mesmerizing when I get worked up.

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When you're not mad, what's your baseline emotional state?
Spoiling for a fight
Chill
Introverted calm
Cold, and self-interested

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Who do you tend to pick on when you're really mad?
Fat targets
My usual antagonists
Mostly my direct rivals
Ready targets

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Relative to you, how powerful are the objects of your rage?
They're my helpless victims.
They have enough numbers to be dangerous to me.
Totally equal, if not superior
It varies by the circumstances.

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When you get mad, do you go it alone?
Always, unless I'm with my significant other.
No, I get my whole crew to back me up.
Almost always
If I can help it

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When you're done with your anger, what's your next act?
I try to walk it off. And I fail at that.
I take a nap.
I have to be alone to cool off.
I go home and do chores to take my mind off it.

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How do you calculate the revelation of your anger?
I don't. I just act on instinct.
I charge in, with backup ready.
I go in with every limb available, all at once.
I try to sneak up into a place that allows me the element of surprise.

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How much of a mess do you leave behind after you cool off?
A huge mess. You've never seen the likes of it.
Not much. I tend to clean up nicely.
I sweep it all under the rug.
I only leave clues.

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Does your fit of anger usually produce anything useful?
Not really
They burnish my reputation.
They do, usually. I'm in a rough business.
Yes, and that's why I plot them out just so.

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Of these stimuli, what sets you off the most?
Foul odors
Someone gives me a look.
Someone sets foot on my patch.
It's a day ending in y.

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Where are you most likely to fly into a rage?
Public transport
The workplace
My neighborhood
Out of town

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What do you say when someone offers that you should seek help for your anger issues?
Go ahead. Make my day.
I am Jack's smirking revenge.
You talkin' to me? Because I don't see anyone else here!
Do you feel lucky, punk?

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Did you tend to get mad more when you were a certain age?
I would really blow up when I was a kid.
I get angrier as I age.
No
The nature and shape of my anger has changed with time.

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Is your hot temper a familial trait?
I don't know.
Yes, absolutely.
With some of my family, but not all of them.
Probably, but I neither know nor care.

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How much do you get mad about things in the outer world?
It's a major driver for me.
Politics really fire me up.
No. I keep to myself.
I only get mad about business.

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How often are you enraged by personal attacks?
It's not my bete noir.
That will fill me with unadulterated fury.
Any attack gets me equally angry.
They don't bother me at all.

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How often are you enraged by the normal tribulations of life?
Oh, those really get my goat!
Not really a thing for me.
I just get on with it. People get me mad, not things.
I'm angry right now!

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