Knowing the 24 Forms of Anger Can Help You Overcome Your Own

In the process of divorce, many are susceptible to anger. Unfortunately, when anger strikes it is difficult to make correct choices and see things in the most constructive ways. “Who would I be without my anger?” many say. They feel that without anger they would become weak, a doormat and out of control.

Actually, the opposite is true. When we are free of anger, when we are clear about what’s really going, we can make the best choices and plans for the future. In order to do this, it’s necessary to know that anger camouflages itself and appears in many different guises. Below is a list of the 24 forms of anger. This is a general list. Some individuals can locate other specific ways in which anger manifests in their lives. If so, write it down. Watch your behavior. Keep a record. You will be amazed to discover aspects of yourself you were not aware of.

The 24 basic forms of anger are: (Some of them will surprise you)

1. Direct Attack

2. Hypocrisy

3. Stealing

4. Lying & Deception

5. Depression

6. Withdrawal

7. Passive Aggressive Behavior

8. Hopelessness

9. Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts

10. Burnout

11. Self-Sabotage

12. Low Self Esteem

13. Compulsions

14. Obsessions

15. Revenge

16. Addictions

17. Psychosomatic Disorders

18. Catastrophic Expectations

19. Masochism

20. Sadism

21. Martyrdom

22. Judgmental-ness

23. Blaming

24. Gossiping

These 24 forms are not set in stone. They vary from individual to individual. Many of the forms are inter-related. It’s important to notice how anger works in your life. Take your anger temperature. Once awareness grows you can make other choices.

Contrary to popular expectation it is not at all difficult to release anger once you are aware of what is going on. As soon as you spot a form of anger you’re involved in, turn it around. In this way, you let it go. If you see you are blaming another stop. If you find a grudge is gripping you, think of all the good things that person has done for you. If you see yourself gossiping, find something good to say. If you notice yourself in the grip of depression, (anger turned against the self), find a way to be your own best friend.

Not only does anger attack others, it turns back and attacks the self. Most forms of illness and self-destructive behavior arise from anger which has not been released. Especially during a difficult time, it is wonderful to become aware and let negativity go.