You Might Have Anger Issues… YMHAI

angerI have been chewing a lot on the subject of anger.  I see such devastating consequences to unchecked anger and it kind of ticks me off.  (Insert one of those annoying yellow smiley faces here.)  Anger is so big in our country we are now naming it.  Road Rage, School Rage, Parking Lot Rage, Department Store Rage, Holiday Rage…

Did you know that in the next 12 month nearly 2,000,000 people will be involved in workplace violence?  Did you know in the next 12 months nearly 5,000,000 women will be harmed in domestic violence.  We are an ANGRY people.  Over the next few blogs I am going to share thoughts about anger…  Feel free to invite a friend.  To start how about a little test?

Here is an anger test…

  • If you have arguments with people who are not in the room, or even present…  YMHAI
  • If you find yourself flashing in anger without real provocation… YMHAI
  • If you find yourself venting through slamming, criticizing others, judging people you do not know… YMHAI
  • If you find yourself avoiding people and situations because you are afraid they will make you angry YMHAI
  • If you find yourself with a history of broken relationships and they all site your anger… YMHAI
  • If people are afraid of you, walk on eggshells around you, avoid conflict with you because they worry how you will respond… YMHAI
  • If people constantly ask you. Why so angry YMHA
  • If you blame everyone else – YMHAI
  • If you have ulcers, insomnia, high blood pressure… YMHAI
  • If you always have to get the last word, win in an argument… YMHAI
  • If in conversations you cut people off, listen poorly, assume the worst of others… YMHAI
  • If forgiveness is next to impossible or offered with strict “don’t do it again” conditions… YMHAI
  • If you medicate your life with alcohol to take the edge off or to keep from blowing your stack…YMHAI
  • If you struggle to trust others, even when they are trustworthy… YMHAI
  • If you find people in authority annoying and struggle to deal with authority… YMHAI
  • If this list makes you MAD…YMHAI

If more than 2-3 of these fit you, can I suggest that YMHAI going on in your life… and here is a promise.  It will come back to bite.  Let me close today’s thoughts with an ancient quote about anger…

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on October 5, 2009.

2 Responses to “You Might Have Anger Issues… YMHAI”

  1. 1, 6, 8 are all slipping points for me. There are some others that are potentials, but those 3 are solid for me.

  2. I took the test… three fit me. I thought that was pretty good, until I read your comments at the end. “2-3 YMAHI” Really? Now I’m really mad. 🙂 🙂 🙂 So, there… three annoying happy faces to you. LOL

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