What Triggers Anger
This basic human emotion can be triggered by a number of reasons and factors that may be associated with unresolved, unaddressed and underlying issues. Some common triggers that make us angry may include –
- Excessive stress, panic, tension or anxiety
- Being frightened, threatened, attacked, harmed or violated
- Being treated wrongfully, deceived or disrespected
- Issues related to personal life
- Normal daily stressors, like traffic
- Memories of adverse or traumatic experiences from the past
- Issues created by other individuals
- Sleep deprivation
- Hunger or starvation
- Being powerless or hopeless
- Psychological or physical conditions, like depression or chronic pain
- External factors, like environment
- Inability to pursue or achieve goals due to external causes
- Financial strain
- Family or relationship problems
- Other negative life circumstances
Apart from these, certain hormonal changes and psychiatric disorders can also result in excessive anger. Grief and bereavement can also make us feel angry as coping with losing a loved one is difficult, yet unique for each one of us. But why do you feel angry all the time? Once you understand the common triggers of anger you are better able to identify the underlying causes of your uncontrollable rage.
Why Do You Get Angry For No Reason?
What is it that makes you lose your temper for no reason at all? Is it due to past trauma? Do you have emotion regulation problems? Or are you dissatisfied with your life? Identifying the reason for chronic anger and frustration is an essential step in learning to control it. Here are some of the probable reasons why you feel so frustrated and furious at all times –
1. You suffer from psychiatric disorders
Studies show that anger and aggression are commonly experienced by psychiatric patients and can adversely affect one’s emotional state. Aggression is associated with a wide range of mental health conditions, such as –
- Intermittent explosive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Substance use disorder (drug addiction)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
According to a 2009 study, “In the DSM, frequent episodes of rage and aggression have defined a number of personality and problematic behavior disorders.” The study adds that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by the American Psychiatric Association states irritability and anger as a descriptor of varied disorders such as schizoaffective disorder, antisocial personality disorder, pathological gambling and nicotine withdrawal, along with the conditions mentioned above. It is also observed in Oppositional Defiant Disorder as patients “often lose temper” and get “easily annoyed by others.” So if you tend to get angry easily, then it may be due to some underlying psychological issues. It is best to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.
2. You have low self-esteem
According to research, the expression of anger is closely associated with one’s level of self-esteem. One study explains “low self-esteem individuals report more anger, but have fewer expressive outlets than do individuals with more favorable self-concepts.” Having a low sense of self-worth and low self-esteem can lead to aggressive and passive aggressive behaviors. Hence, you tend to be seriously angry when your emotions and opinions are not validated or valued. Such individuals can also become defensive and frustrated when they become self-conscious or are criticized, humiliated, diminished or victimized.
A lack of self esteem makes us believe that we are not worthy of being loved. That we are worthless, undeserving and never good enough. It makes us vulnerable to being easily emotionally hurt by others and influences how we see ourselves. However, this constant feeling of being a failure and worthless can make us feel easily frustrated which is expressed through aggressive reactions. Researchers from a 1989 study found that stability of self-esteem and level of self-esteem act as predictors of anger and hostility. So if you find yourself constantly criticizing or insulting others as an unhealthy and toxic strategy to boost your self-esteem, then you may need to seek help for anger management problems.