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What MBTI have anger issues?

Anger Symptoms and Personality Traits

There is an increasing perception that because of the rapid changes in the world we live in, levels of stress, anxiety and anger have increased significantly in recent decades. Whether you are a child, young person, adult or retired, you are bombarded by mass media and the fears and problems of people are constantly beamed into our homes 24/7. This has resulted in a snowballing effect, whereby more and more people are facing health-related issues on both a physical and emotional level.

It can be complicated in the case of children and teenagers, as parents may just consider their symptoms and behavior as ‘growing’ pains and a typical teenage problem. However, teenagers and children who suffer from excessive anxiety, stress and anger issues often have other factors in their lives that push them in that direction. For example, some may be living through the divorce of their parents, be medically unwell themselves, have a parent with a terminal condition or be subjected to abuse. It is not surprising then, that the body and mind react to this pressure and manifest themselves in a multitude of ways.

Reactions to Stressful Situations

Three common reactions to a stressful or irritating situation are:

  • Bottling up emotions.
  • Getting defensive.
  • Lashing out.

None of these reactions are healthy or a solution to managing anger issues. When an individual decides to bottle up their anger instead of seeking anger management help, the outcome will invariable be a negative one. ‘Putting a lid’ on the situation may seem OK in the short term but the problem will usually fester and not go away. A viscous cycle develops whereby avoidance unleashes increasing negativity and growing anger. Bottled up anger can also transform into resentment which can last for an eternity. Without dealing with the problem, a person may accept the blame and guilt, causing them to feel discouraged and bad about themselves. Effective anger management will help an individual work on these attempts to cope with challenging situations.

A common reaction for individuals who lose their temper easily is getting defensive. People with anger issues tend not to consider the repercussions of their actions and react quickly to upsetting encounters. Acting on raw emotions of hurt or pain will produce very hostile reactions and likely promote hostile responses. This is not effective in dealing with such situations. Effective anger management training would encourage people not to be defensive but rather evaluate situations before acting on them.

Situations which provoke anger often cause people to lash out. Individuals act on impulse with physical or verbal aggression. Negative impulsive reactions produce negative consequences. It is easy for an angry person to lash out but it is not quite so easy to find positive results in such behavior. Effective anger management will teach the individual to control their anger and restrain themselves from thoughtless actions. Empowerment occurs when they understand that their current approach doesn’t resolve problems; it simply causes more of them.

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Personality Traits of Angry People

Interestingly, there appears to be certain personality traits associated with anger-prone individuals. In general, they tend to feel that the world is against them and have an under-siege mentality.

4 common traits of such individuals include:

Personality Traits of Angry People

  • Perception: Do not see the overall/bigger picture but filter the situation based on their negative, select perspective.
  • Misinterpretation: Other people’s behavior (even when neutral or positive) is viewed with suspicion. They often have problems trusting others and exhibit suspicious, judgmental or jealous characteristics toward others. They tend to undermine people around them and be disruptive or unpleasant if they do not agree with something.
  • Personalization: They believe that even innocuous comments are directed at them, leaving them feeling that, “No one is going to treat me that way and get away with it.”
  • Denial: Such people always feel it’s the fault of someone else that they become wound up, angry or violent. This is borne out by studies which have shown that the number of individuals, who meet the criteria for anger management issues and should be receiving treatment for it, are significantly under reported. Why? Because less than 15% of people who fulfill the criteria will actually ask for treatment.

In addition, anger-prone people may exhibit the following traits:

  • They tend to be aggressive, often engaging in malicious behavior towards property and people including retaliation and verbal or physical assault.
  • They may be antisocial, with an incapability to relate to their peers. They tend to disparage people, be disruptive or unpleasant if they do not agree with something and hurt people to make themselves feel better. Surprisingly, although antisocial, many actually seek attention through their unpleasant and negative behavior.
  • Aside from issues associated with trusting others, being suspicious or judgmental, many of these people also exhibit jealous characteristics toward others. They tend to complain excessively about everything or frequently point out minor imperfection in others.

Symptoms of Anger

Anger-prone people tend to fall into one of two categories, namely:

  • Anger Explosive: Those unable to control rages.
  • Anger Repressive: Those who suppress rages.

Both groups may exhibit a variety of mental and physical symptoms, which can include:

  • Addiction issues. Not everyone with anger problems has an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, but in some instances, it is an added problem that requires professional attention.
  • Anxiety.
  • Abdominal discomfort without an underlying pathology.
  • Changing perception of time.
  • Changes in appetite.
  • Concentration levels can become poor.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Elevated, racing heart rate or palpitations when resting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fear without a reason.
  • Flat mood without a reason.
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate or defecate. Possible incontinence.
  • Hallucinations or delusions.
  • Headaches or head pressure.
  • Heightened awareness including sense of sound, vision (including possible aura), smell or taste.
  • Hyperventilation and possible panic attacks.
  • Insomnia.
  • Irrational behavior and feeling out of control or uneasy.
  • Irritability and agitation without a reason.
  • Memory issues or inability to recall encounters fully.
  • Mental well-being and health issues. Not everyone with mental health issues has anger issues.
  • Metabolic changes.
  • Shortness of breath at rest.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Swallowing problems.
  • Tightness in chest.
  • Tinnitus-like symptoms or echo.
  • Tremors or tingling.
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In addition, there is evidence to suggest that adults prone to frequent anger issues are at increased risk of various heart-related problems including heart attacks. Higher levels of stress hormones increase both rate and contraction of the heart, elevate breathing and blood pressure (leading to wear and tear of the cardiovascular system) as well as possibly contributing to the build up of fatty plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis).

Other conditions that have been associated with anger-prone people include an increased risk of migraines, strokes, depression, skin disorders, digestive problems and even certain cancers e.g. “People who have repressive styles tend to be more prone to illness, particularly (immune system-related) diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, infections, and cancers. The concept is of unexpressed anger. If one doesn’t let it out, that could have adverse consequences.” – University of California Los Angeles

Apart from health-related issues, there is clear evidence to show a link between anger and anti-social and violent behavior, emotional and physical abuse and crime. The quality of life for the person with anger problems and those around them is affected detrimentally, whether at home, in the workplace or any social environment.

Distressed personality type

Distressed personality type, or «type D» individuals, tend to suppress powerful negative emotions as a means of coping with stressful events or situations. These individuals suppress feelings of anger or sorrow even when they are in an environment that is supportive of emotional expression, such as suppressing anger when clearly justified, or refusing to cry at a funeral. The type D individual tends to be anxious, irritable, insecure, and uncomfortable with strangers. These types of people are constantly experiencing and anticipating negative emotions, which results in their being more tense and inhibited around others.

History [ edit ]

The type D personality was defined in the 1990s, describing individuals who experience feelings of negativity, depression, anxiety, stress, chronic anger, and loneliness. The distressed personality type is also prone to pessimism, low self-esteem, and difficulty making personal connections with others. It is thought that about 20% of otherwise-healthy Americans fall under this category. [1]

In 1996, Dr. Denollet reported a longitudinal study of 286 men and women who had enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program. At the beginning of the program, each participant filled out a questionnaire in order to determine whether they fell under the type D pattern. Eight years later, researchers tracked down the participants in order to find out who had died, and who was still alive. Among those who had been classified as type D, 27% had died; meanwhile only 7% of the non-Ds had died. The majority of these deaths were due to heart disease or stroke. Since this study, the type D personality subtype has been thought to be associated with early death, increased risk for developing cardiovascular problems, poorer response to proven treatments for heart disease, and increased chances of sudden cardiac arrest. [2]

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Diagnostic criteria [ edit ]

A 14-question scale is used to determine whether an individual can be categorized as having a type D personality type. This scale, the D-Scale 14, aims to measure negativity as well as social inhibition. Each of the 14 items on the scale is rated according to a 5 point Likert scale, from 0 to 4 (false to true). Individuals who score high (above a 10) on both negativity and social inhibition can be classified as type D. [2]

This questionnaire was developed based on the idea that individuals who score high on negative affectivity are dysphoric and have a negative view of self. They are also prone to more somatic symptoms, and focus more on negative situations and stimuli. Scoring high on social inhibition means that these individuals tend to avoid the potential ‘dangers’ involved in social interactions, such as disapproval. Generally speaking, social situations tend to make type D individuals feel inhibited, tense, uncomfortable, and insecure.

Health risks [ edit ]

A wide variety of health risks are associated with type D personalities, primarily due to the fact that they seem to lead to a more highly activated immune system and therefore, more inflammation. This increase in inflammation can often lead to damaged blood vessels throughout the heart and body. Type D individuals have also been found to have higher blood pressure than normal, as well as an exaggerated response to stress, both physiological and psychological. [2]

Among the health issues commonly associated with this personality subtype are depressive and anxiety symptoms, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, type Ds are might have a predisposition to social phobia, panic disorder, and even the development of avoidant personality disorder. [3]

According to Dr. Denollet, what most likely links poor health outcomes to the type D personality subtype is the distinctly high level of stress associated with it. Unlike other personality types who like to vent, type Ds social inhibition leaves them with no such outlet for their stress. This pent-up stress causes high cortisol levels, which, in turn, can lead to high blood pressure as well as chronic, artery-damaging inflammation. It is worth noting that another possible explanation for this correlation is that type Ds likely also suffer from depression, anxiety, and poor social connections, each of which has been linked with poor health and heart disease. [1]

Cardiovascular complications [ edit ]

Both type D dimensions (negative affectivity and social inhibition) are associated with a stress-induced increase in cortisol release. High levels of cortisol are thought to be the mediating factor in the association between this personality type and the increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Additionally, the inhibition of emotions that characterizes type D personality types is strongly associated with higher cardiovascular reactivity, lower cardiovascular recovery, lower heart rate variability, carotid atherosclerosis, incidence of coronary heart disease, and cardiac mortality. The correlation between emotional suppression and cardiovascular complications has been observed in numerous different studies, including one that involved patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. In this study, deaths from cardiac causes were increased by a factor of four in those with type D personality, even after controlling for conventional risk factors.

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Another study, conducted by Appels et al, investigated the effect of type D behavior on sudden cardiac death. This study involved interviewing the next-of-kin of the sudden cardiac death victims to determine whether they were type D or not. Patients scoring high on negative affectivity and social inhibition (the two dimensions of the type D personality subtype) were found to be seven times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death. [3]

See also [ edit ]

  • Psychology
  • Schizoid personality disorder

References [ edit ]

  • Baron, R. A., Earhard, B., & Ozier, M. (2001). Psychology (3rd Canadian ed.). Scarborough, ON: Allyn & Bacon.

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Anger Management for a 9w8

I’m the the middle of working toward getting a green card, studying for ASVAB and getting my body in shape. I understand that all of these things take time. But I can’t stop myself from flying into rage all the time.

Unfortunately, yes, there’s no instant gratification for any of that.

ASVAB is frustrating. My only struggle here is math. I’ve never been good at math. My basic is bad so I have to relearn it from the beginning. Every time I came across a question that I have no way of answering I got so angry I saw red followed by a tirade of cursing myself for being so stupid and a ‘failure’.

What’s a solution? If you suck at math, hire a math tutor. Get someone skilled to teach you so that you can improve in this area. Thus you won’t feel like a failure and you will struggle less. Think about SOLUTIONS instead of getting mad. It’s normal for frustration to lead to anger, so think about solutions for your frustration – how do you not be frustrated? What can you do about it?

Learning 8 languages all at once are also pretty hard, especially with no exposure and none of them being relatable.

Wow. That’s intense. Is that a requirement? If not, drop some of them.

Then the workout. My body is weak and fat, so I need to both workout and lose weight. I’m frustrated at my weakness. I’m so angry that I can’t workout as much as I want to. Because it’s over the limit of my body (I literally slept for 10 hours straight + aching all over everyday). I know that it takes time.

Yes, it does take time. And it’s better not to burn yourself out or hurt yourself right at the start. It will require steady development over months, not a matter of days. If you push yourself too hard, you could tear your muscles and then you’d be laid up for months. This is just something you have to accept, commit to, and keep doing once a day because in six months you’ll look good. It’s hard for those of us who want instant fixes to stick with things long term, but… it’s worth it.

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But whenever my ENTJ 1w9 aunt tried to ‘help’ I lost all my desire to continue. Maybe it’s because she’s basically laughing at me for being pathetic (she used to be super athletic, so she knows her stuff). I know she’s trying to help, but I can’t help shutting her off and removing myself from her presence and try to figure it out myself.

You could do that, or you could actually accept her help. If she knows her stuff, you refusing to listen to her is basically just allowing your pride to get in the way of accepting the assistance that might get you closer to your goal. Don’t be so stubborn that you push away people who could actually help you achieve your goals because you are too proud to admit that you need help. She knows what to do. Take advantage of that.

I also need someone who would support me. Like, not giving me advice or things like that. But I want someone gentle around me..

You said you just met two new friends; maybe they could fill this need in your life? Most friendly people like other friendly people, so don’t be afraid to text him. Don’t pester him, but show him that you’re eager to be friends. And stop the negative self talk (“why would he want to hang out with me?”). It won’t help.

The thing is, I can get out of 9-inertia now. I’m actively working toward my goals. Taking control of my life and actively changing my lifestyle to what I want for myself. But I want to manage my anger so I can do them more efficiently and peacefully.

9w8s are angry all the time, yes, but it’s useful to channel that anger into being productive, assertive, and going after what you want. You may want to look into anger management if you feel it’s a serious impediment. There are lots of books, resources, and therapists who write about anger who you might find useful. I’m not a licensed therapist so I can’t really give you much advice.

I’m 23 this March, I don’t have much time left. I need to be adult now, otherwise I won’t survive in the US. But to be an adult, I need to manage my anger.

It’s good to start working on this now, even though truthfully, no one expects a 23 year old to have it all figured out, to be perfect, or to have their life together. Most people are pretty confused, unsure of themselves, and still searching for meaning up through their 30s…

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