What are the Different Types of Anger

Unless you are not a human being, at some point in our lives we have all been angry. There are different reasons that led to us being angry (See article on “Anger Disorder – Understanding and Controlling your Anger“) and different ways in which we chose to deal with the situation.

Anger management is very important because the different types of anger can cause very serious repercussions if we choose to deal with situations in the wrong way.

It is very normal and healthy to be angry for different reasons. However, how you choose to resolve the matter is very important. You must be ready to deal with the results of your reaction to a particular situation.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Let us outline the different kinds of anger that are common within individuals in the society.

Type 1: Behavioral anger

This is the kind of anger that causes the person to physically attack the source of this anger. It may be a person or something and the effects may vary and many times can be very costly to both of them. Physical abuse can see the attacker facing legal issues and the person attacked can get very serious injuries depending on the level of attack.

Type 2: Passive anger

Not everyone chooses to face issues physically. A person may be silent but that does not mean that they are not angry. They may choose to keep quiet and instead use sarcasm as their weapons of expressing their dissatisfaction (See article on “How to Express your Feelings of Anger Constructively” for better expressing your anger and dissatisfaction) on the matter at hand. They best defend themselves by hiding their feelings and trying to avoid physical confrontations.

Type 3: Verbal anger

This is the same as physical anger but in this case the person does not physically confront the source of anger. In this case, they opt to verbally attack the source of anger. This can be as serious as physical anger with grave repercussions when the attacker greatly insults or even threatens the other party.
One of the types of anger commonly associated with this is judgmental anger where a person makes the others feel useless by verbally pointing out mistakes that to them seem very stupid.

Type 4: Self-inflicted anger

This one serious kind of anger whereby a person chooses to inflict pain on themselves as a result. They may be the source of anger themselves or someone else may be. They then choose to starve themselves or inflict any sort of physical pain on themselves as a kind of punishment.

Type 5: Volatile anger

This type of anger is the one that a person chooses to bottle up their emotions. In this case, anger is piled up within the person and randomly fires them up at times when least expected. A person can be seen to be calm but once the anger reaches its threshold, the burst up like a volcano.

Type 6: Chronic anger

This is a type of baseless prolonged anger. It is very serious and people usually adopt this habit of getting angry for no apparent reason. Anything can spark this kind of anger and many times, any other normal person would not get upset about such matters.

Type 7: Paranoid Anger

This is common in relationships where a person is jealous or feels insecure with the partner.

There are other forms of anger and it is good if you identify what type you find yourself in and try learning how better to manage them. These other types may include deliberate, constructive and retaliatory anger. Take time and learn the different types of anger to easily identify them in our daily lives. By understanding the type of anger you are classified in, you can find techniques on how to control anger and subsequently improve your life and relationships with people around you.