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Anger - The common source of personality disorders

Anger: The Common Cause of Personality Disorders

Anger is a human emotion like any other. It is thought that the emotion is one of the earliest utilities of survival, developed as early as the early evolution. However many of its up sides seem to have been lost in the modern world, thus allowing the emotion to score only negative points on the list.

Nowadays it is considered counterproductive and dangerous.

Such claims are much thanks to the fact that people with personality disorders are the ones most likely to fly into an uncontrollable, even frightening rage. It is further explained that such individuals appear to the outside world as if they are in a constant state of anger.

Truth be told, anger manifests itself as a backup defense mechanism – that is to say, when all others fail.

Now, it is important to be clear on one thing. There are two types of anger:

  • healthy anger, which most people experience as a transitional state, and

  • pathological anger, anger which is caused by, for example, mistreatment during one's formative years.

The thing with the latter is, that it is most frequently a result of bottled up emotions of, for example, constant injustice one has experienced as a child. With that said, it is clear which factors set it apart from "healthy anger":

  • it is neither coherent, nor

  • externally induced.

That is to say, all of its sources come from withing the person's very own deranged psyche. As such there are two things targeted by the anger: a chosen outside target as well as oneself; which is another thing which sets it apart from healthy anger, since a healthy person who is angry normally knows the exact reason why. So then it is obvious that pathological anger also lacks a firm sense of direction.

Some of the causes of anger may be:

  • a situation which threatens one's physical well-being

  • a sense of injustice

  • disagreements or

  • inconveniences.

Coincidentally the above mentioned are also the main causes of personality disorders. Bluntly put, a person with a personality disorder is a person with lots and lots of suppressed anger. This kind of behavior leads to an overflow of anger, at the point of snapping, undirected and excessive destructive feelings.

To conclude, it is also noteworthy to say that anger is a primitive, limbic emotion. What that means is that it is one which is similar to the sex drive of a person, except it surfaces when one's well-being is at stake. 

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