Self-Witnessing Report on The Age Of Rage

Cage The Rage

Learning How To Be Emotionally Intelligent When It Comes to Rage

 

by Caroline Agbayani

Updated April 29, 2001

 

Updated Items

Added more theories to Noisy Neighbor Rage

Added conclusions to Noisy Neighbor Rage, Computer Rage, and Parking Lot Rage

New Home Page Link - includes links to my previous reports, Psy 409 home page and more

 

Instructions for Report 2

Introduction

Rage is ubiquitous.  It can be seen in movies, television, internet, at work, school and just about everywhere else.  No matter how subtle or overt, rage surrounds us in our daily lives whether we like it or not, and whether we notice it or not.  In an ever-changing society, rage manifests itself in various ways.  Increasingly, rage is becoming a worldwide problem and popular to contrary belief, it is not limited to the road.  In my first report, an annotated bibliography on the age of rage: The Rage Epidemic, I delve into various types of rage other than road rage.  These include: Workplace Rage, Surf Rage, Sports Rage, Air Rage, and Computer Rage.  As more types of rage becomes apparent, our society must reap its effects if nothing is left to change our outrageous behavior.  It will be very difficult to remedy the problem if we do not acknowledge that our own individual rage can cause negative repercussions for the future.   Many do not want to be held accountable for their own fits of rage and misdoings because our society rewards and encourages aggression far too frequently, whether it be good or bad.  American society thrives on individualism and encourages competition and aggressiveness.  If we don't meet society's expectations and increasing demands, we feel incompetent and are blamed for our shortcomings.   Under these circumstances, one can unintentionally revert to rage because of the lack of adequate coping skills, and because one feels it may be the only way out of a threatening situation, and mostly, to preserve one's self-esteem and self-image.

Therefore, we must work to raise social consciousness about rageful issues or we might be headed for disaster.

"Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrohphe toward which we are headed will be unavoidable." (Vaclev Havel, 1994)

Its not too late to change now for the betterment of our future.  The lack of adequate coping skills and emotional intelligence will lead to a catastrophic future that will only perpetuate rage and aggression.  A victim of rage will feel resentment, bitterness and hostility which can fester  and lead to prolonged negativity and unnecessary stress.  Our future depends on what we do today and it is up to us to pick and choose our own battles.  Rage should not be one of them.

 

Parking Lot Rage Noisy Neighbor Rage Computer Rage Psy 409 Home Page The Rage Epidemic Caroline's Home Page

 

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