Have you lately seen more people with short anger fuses—brooding, blaming, bickering, abusing, and holding grudges? We seem to be living in an age of rage where the more angry situations you face, the more anger may affect you. How can you protect yourself? We'll start by looking at the results of a national stress survey. You'll next find an age of rage test that points to stress-anger traps, some of which you can avoid and others you can learn to manage. Then, we'll explore how you can cope with your anger, whether you live in an age of rage or in calmer times. A Stress Pandemic According to a 2020 American Psychological Association Stress in America Survey, 79 percent of respondents reported that COVID-19 was stressful . No surprise here. But anger seems elevated as well. Some 20 percent of the respondents reported being on edge, snapping at others, and yelling and screaming at loved ones (1). Since 2007, Stress in America surveys showed a consistent and higher than desirable stress level. For example, 80 percent of the October 2017 survey respondents reported at least one significant stress the month before the survey. Thirty-five percent reported irritability and anger (2)…. Read full this story
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