Seeing Red: Test Your Anger Knowledge
by Staff
So you've been passed over again at work for that promotion you wanted. You're so angry that you can't get any more work done today, so you've come to HowStuffWorks to spend the rest of the day doing quizzes. Maybe understanding anger might help you to relax!

What's the difference between women's anger and men's anger?

  • Women's anger is more likely to be unjustified, while men's anger usually has a good justification.
  • Women are more likely to become angry with those around them, while men are more likely to become angry at the world at large and inanimate objects.
  • Women can't control their anger, but men can.

What part of the brain controls reasoning and tempers the amygdala's response to an anger trigger?

  • Frontal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
  • Temporal lobe

What does Phineas Gage have to teach us about anger?

  • He came up with the idea of counting to 10 when angry.
  • He suffered a brain injury that demonstrated the importance of the frontal lobe in controlling rage.
  • He wrote an influential book about anger shown by Jesus in the Bible.

What does acetylcholine have to do with anger?

  • Acetylcholine works with adrenaline to work a person into an angry state.
  • Acetylcholine tempers the more severe effects of adrenaline, essentially turning off the anger.
  • Acetylcholine transmits messages between the amygdala and the frontal lobe about the anger trigger.

In a study of almost 13,000 subjects, individuals with the highest levels of anger had a higher risk of heart attack compared to those with the lowest levels of anger. How much greater was the risk?

  • Three times as much
  • Five times as much
  • 10 times as much

Anger expression typically takes one of three forms. Which method of anger expression has been described as depression?

  • Anger-in
  • Anger-out
  • Anger control

How do you diagnose someone with anger?

  • Interviews with family members and evaluation by a psychiatrist
  • The Anger Management Exam (AME), a 100-question test that is effective about 80 percent of the time
  • Anger is not a diagnosis because it's not defined by the DSM-IV.

What is the goal of anger management?

  • To be completely cured of anger so that you're never angry again
  • To learn how to hold your anger in so that it doesn't affect anyone else
  • To learn how to defuse triggers and express anger in a healthy way

Do animals get angry?

  • Of course -- haven't you ever stepped on a cat's tail?
  • No, animals are more likely expressing fear.
  • Further testing is needed on the brains of animals to make a judgment.

What is public anger?

  • Displays of anger that happen in public as opposed to behind closed doors
  • Anger that is felt by the people toward the institutions in power
  • God's anger with the general public and society