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Rage, in psychiatry, is a mental state that is one extreme of the intensity spectrum of anger. The other end of the spectrum is annoyance.[1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 543 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 1104 pixel, file size: 293 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tacuina sanitatis (XIV century) +/- File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 543 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1000 × 1104 pixel, file size: 293 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tacuina sanitatis (XIV century) +/- File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not... The Tacuinum (sometimes Taccuinum) Sanitatis is a medieval handbook on wellness, based on the Taqwin al‑sihha (Tables of Health), an Arab medical treatise by Ibn Butlan; it exists in several variant Latin versions, the manuscripts of which are profusely illustrated. ... An MRI scan of a human brain and head. ... This article is about the emotion. ... Annoyance is an unpleasant mental state that is characterized by such effects as irritation and distraction from ones conscious thinking. ...

To psychologists, Rage is a behavior that everyone experiences in some form, some way, some how. rage is often used to denote hostile/affective/reactive aggression (as distinct from predatory/instrumental/proactive aggression). An example of rage, is when Nik rages at JD for being totally awesome, One should use the rage for a "shoop da whoop". It denotes aggression where there is anger present, that is motivated by causing harm to others, and that is characterized by impulsive thinking and a lack of planning. This is a behavioral side that many would not like others to see, but does ofter persist in extreme situations. Some psychologists, such as Bushman and Anderson, argue that the hostile/predatory dichotomy that is commonly employed in psychology fails to define rage fully, since it is possible for anger to motivate aggression, provoking vengeful behavior, without incorporating the impulsive thinking that is characteristic of rage. They point to people such as the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre, and suicide bombers, all of whom clearly experienced intense anger and hate, but whose planning (sometimes over periods of years), forethought, and lack of impulsive behavior is readily observable.[1][2] A psychologist is an expert in psychology, the systematic investigation of the human body, including behavior, cognition, and affect. ... In psychology and other social and behavioral sciences, aggression refers to behavior that is intended to cause harm or pain. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Eric Harris (left) and Dylan Klebold (right) Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were the high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre. ... The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado (the CDP of Columbine) near Denver and Littleton. ... A suicide bombing is a bomb attack on people or property, committed by a person who knows the explosion will cause his or her own death in addition to the attacks primary purpose (see suicide, suicide weapons). ...

Rage is a very intense anger, often distinguished by distorted facial expressions and by threat of or, possibly, an actual attack. “Rage is a physiologically based affective reaction to experiencing high levels of pain or displeasure (Parens, 1991, p. 89).” Psychologists have seen rage as caused by being more of an attack on one’s self than of others. This leads to rage being more intense, less focused and longer lasting. This same idea suggests rage is a narcissistic response to one’s past injuries (Menninger, W. 2007).

How do you tell the difference between rage and normal amounts of anger? Anger is explained by current dissatisfaction in one’s life. This amount of anger or frustration is common. Rage, however, is caused from built up anger from past traumas. These accumulated angry dispositions are locked in our mind and body’s (King, R. 2007). Once can mask rage by appearing overly dominant, or by being depressed.

Many people feel anger all the time, this anger often feels like one is about to erupt in a painful fit over the smallest things. We often attribute these harbored ill feelings to stress or lack of sleep. However, some scientists have found that these ‘naturally angry tempers’ can be caused by a person’s nutritional habits. Kathleen O’Bannon explains in The Anger Cure how to tell if one’s tip toeing around rage is caused by one’s metabolism (2007). O’Bannon has suggestions for dissolving rage outbursts. These suggestions are in the form of diet changes and simple exercises one can do.

Violent acts have recently become a trend in American society. There has recently been a correlation between rage and the Cultivation Theory by George Gerbner. Cultivation Theory places blame on outside influences, such as, violent television programs and exposure to violent video games. There are specific elements that aid with rage being expressed. “This is seen when an individual perceives a narcissistic injury that is experienced as being profoundly unfair; the individual has no hope for achieving a reasonable resolution of the injury; the individual reaches the decision that the injury cannot be tolerated further and must be responded to with action; the individual has access to weapons to enhance the capacity and potency to respond; and the individual feels a sufficient sense of potency and/or disregard of the consequences to initiate violence (Menninger, W. 2007).”

When thinking of rage, the first thing that comes to mind is road rage and the various acts that stem from road rage. Every person who has set behind a wheel has experienced some form of road rage; whether it be cursing at someone who has cut you off in traffic or giving the middle finger when someone steals your parking spot, most people have succumb to rage while in the car. Giving the finger when a driver cuts you off in traffic may be a normal reaction. However, when that normal reaction escalates, psychologists may call it intermittent explosive disorder (IED). A study has found that at least one in twenty people suffer from this disorder. IED is an aggressive overreaction to everyday stress, and may be a cause to severe road rage (Kashef, 2006). It is distinguished from normal anger by its severity, its controllability, its frequency and its triggers. These anger attacks can harm your health and social life, as well as many people around you. Recent studies done prove that there is more rage experienced than most expect. IED is more explosive than rage and even more common for people to experience than rage. There was a study done in Baltimore, MD which found that 11% of people taken for the study qualified for IED. The percentages were constant amongst men and women, and blacks and whites. Those who were younger were more susceptible to IED. People who experienced the greatest risk for IED were those who are less educated. Studies suggest that the reason people experience these behavioral tendencies are because they suffer from abnormal activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Although impulsive aggression in general is associated with low serotonin activity, as well as, damage to the prefrontal cortex, which is the center of judgment and self-control. There has been extensive research done in order to change the patterns of these behavioral tendencies, which goes more in depth than people actually realize (Harvard Mental Health Center, 2006).

A passenger of an SUV was hospitalized after she was shot by another driver on a busy Toronto street. The driver of the SUV, and another car had cut each other off, and when they reached a stop light the driver of the car opened fire on the lady in an SUV. In another incident of road rage, a Texas man was beaten on the side of a highway after the Texas driver clubbed a man with a baseball bat. Another example of rage and violence, while not road rage, but still a violent action is from a white collar worker in Japan. In his attempts to brown-nose to his boss, he sent him a box of jelly desserts. Upon discovering the box was left unopened in the boss’s office, the man let his anger turn to rage and smashed twenty-two of the company’s computers (Maclean. 2007). A major goal for many researches is to identify with individual differences in displaced aggression, where the anger comes from, and why it is transferred onto other individuals (Denison, Miller, and Pederson, 2006). Direct aggression is the retaliation towards the provoking agent, whereas, displaced aggression is anger not provoked by an individual, but transferred to an innocent bystander.

A major goal for many researches is to identify with individual differences in displaced aggression, where the anger comes from, and why it is transferred onto other individual. Direct aggression is the retaliation towards the provoking agent, whereas, displaced aggression is anger not provoked by an individual, but transferred to an innocent bystander.

When dealing with rage, we have to ask ourselves, what emotional forces cause individuals to express aggression, hostility, anger, hate or rage evolving into violence. Aggression stems from rage in which aggression focuses on action or behavior as opposed to emotion or effect (Menninger, 2007).


  1. ^ a b Raymond DiGiuseppe and Raymond Chip Tafrate (2006). Understanding Anger Disorders. Oxford University Press, 54,72. ISBN 0195170792. 
  2. ^ B.J. Bushman and C.A. Rage stems from anger, in that, in certain cases where there is anger present, the ultimate push will create an outrageous occurrence. Many of the effects that stem from anger and how a person reaches the point of expressing rage, is a fine line associated with these behavioral tendencies. Much of the behavior experienced from anger has been studied extensively, but most do not know what causes the next step, rage, or why some people go the extra emotional mile. Rage is considered to be an emergency reaction, in which we as humans, are pre-wired to possess. Rage tends to be expressed when a person faces a treat to their pride, position, status or dignity. Anderson (2001). "Is it time to pull the plug on hostile versus instrumental aggression dichotomy?". Psychological Review 108 (1): 273–279. 

Further reading

  • Thomas H. Ollendick and Carolyn S. Schroeder (2003). "Rage". Encyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology. Springer. 534–537. ISBN 0306474905. 

Kashef, Z. (2006). Mental Health. Vol. 20, Iss. 8. King, R. (2007) Healing rage: Women making inner peace. Publishers Weekly. Vol. 254, Iss. 25. Reed Elseviser, Inc. Maclean. (2007). Ignored present sparks office rage. Maclean's Vol. 120, Iss. 41. Roger's Publishing Limited. Menninger, W. (2007). Uncontained rage: A psychoanalytic perspective on violence. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic Vol. 71. iss. 2. Parens, H. (1991). A view of he development of hostility in early life. Journal of the Amerian Psychoanalytic Assoaciations Vol. 39, Iss. 75, p. 108. O'Bannon, K. (2007). The anger cure: A step-by-step program to reduce anger, rage, negativity, violence & depression. Total Health. Vol. 29, Iss. 3. Basic Health Publishing.

See also

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Road Rage - A Call to Action: Tame the Rage (647 words)
From simple anger to out-of-control rage, and on to violent, murderous fury (at some point identified as intermittent explosive disorder), the intense emotion is identified by its happening on a roadway.
The road rage story tells the location of the rage expression, the road, street, highway, not the story of rage itself.  Rage, on its own, is prevalent in homes, schools, bars, work sites, etc.  There are people whose whole upbringing and lifestyle has clouded their ability to even recognize that their behavior is totally unacceptable.
It is imperative to stop road rage as well as to end the road rage story that is only serving to justify their own rage behavior or to fuel others to judgment and anger; it can only be done by understanding the mechanism that triggers the overt behavior.
Rage (emotion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (496 words)
Rage is a state of anger so extreme that one loses control of ones actions, and afterwards often regret what they did in this state.
A person in rage will also have the sensation that everything is in slow motion, due to their brain processing much faster then normal.
A person in a state of rage has lost much of his or her rational thought and reasoning, and is acting, usually violently, on his or her extreme anger.
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