Anger In America: Why people are more angry now

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Road rage, girl fight`s and vandalism, we can go on and on about what people do when they get angry. In today`s society, it seems like more and more people are lashing out. Let`s face it, we all get frustrated from time to time, and see every day people flying off the handle at the drop of a hat.  Is it the economy?  Bad drivers? How about the recent government shutdown?  At times it feels like we`re living in an angry society. FOX 2 went to St. Louis University Sociology Professor Dr. Dan Monti to find out if the anger epidemic exists in America.

"We have more opportunities for being angry and there are seemingly more objective reasons to be upset. Income inequality, continuing racial, ethnic and gender disparities are part of it," said Monti.

Dr. Monti says the amount and degree of violence has dropped in the last 100 years when it comes to severe mob attacks in the U.S., but Americans are still lashing out.

"In actuality we have more outlets to express our big and little pieces of anger," said Monti.

When it comes to your health, Dr. Anthony Sonn from Mercy Hospital says anger can do some damage.

"If you are stewing on issues and it`s affecting you, if it persists over a long period of time, it`s bad for your heart. So with anger, you get increased blood pressure and increased blood rate. It's more work for your heart. It also increases stress and energy on the linings of your arteries," said Sonn.

What about the reports of high profile celebrity meltdowns from people like Mel Gibson, Kanye West, Alec Baldwin and Chris Brown. Of course we can`t forget about Justin Bieber. His behavior is so bad over 262,000 people petitioned the White House to have Bieber deported.

A recent USA Today article says that anger is the internet`s most powerful emotion.  People are raging online and trolling social network sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to rant. FOX 2 also asked SLU students about anger in America and got some interesting answers.

"I think everyone comes with a slight sense of anger. Personally for me I get angry at things like ignorance in general. People don`t take the time to understand what people are going through or listen. People will say they`re angry with the economy but like what are you really doing to fix what`s going on. There`s something we are each accountable to do," said sophomore Kemdi Egekeze.

"These celebrities and their attitudes, I mean people are adhering to those when we should be concentrating on the good will and common equality for all and it`s just different these days," said junior Eric Pacholski.

In 2012, The Journal of The American Medical Association released a study saying 63 percent of participants between 13 and 17 years old had anger attacks involving vandalism, threats and violence. Researchers are calling it intermittent explosive disorder or IED.

So whether you think our country is angry or not one thing is for sure, at some point we all have to find ways to tame our tempers and let all of the little things that bother us go.

"Everything you do causes a ripple effect so be the best person you can be," said Egekeze.

Experts also say exercise, meditation, prayer and spending quality time with family and friends can help ease anger. They also say it`s important to know your triggers and take a deep breath instead of acting on impulse.

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  • Charles Lee, Jr.

    With all due respect to Dr. Dan, his perspective has more to do with positive thinking, than thoughtful interventions…

    In truth, he should reconsider the state of emotional wellbeing and mental health of our entire American population, not just those he has obviously determined as “opportunity seekers.”

    Young people have lost interest in their social communities, middle-aged people are more poor, than middle classed, and the elder are being prayed upon by a vast array of legitimate and illegal opportunists ranging from those who want to sell religious hope, those who make the same old political promises, and those whose business is to build-up fears that provoke purchases unnecessary….

    People are more angry because integrity is less reliable, albeit easier to restore were Americans smart enough to legislate enlightenment as a mandated education.

    But who stands to profit from an enlighten people, country or nation?
    It’s really more of a feasible way to prosper, than to profit so, we must deny, deny, deny that America’s Humanity is becoming more fragmented in our mind/body emotional intelligence.

    Good thing we devote a recurring week to the mental health awareness of 300 million competitors. ~ My shocking P.T.S.D., joyfully Shared 🙂

  • Charles Lee Jr

    You’ll soon be, and understandably so, just as angry as well.

    And I’d dare to error on the side of caution that most Americans already are, although still secretly so…

    Wages have not kept up with costs, education has not sustain our humanity’s compassion, and enumerable sicknesses of the mind, body and emotions continue to increase the medical industry’s profits, as we decrease in our ability to be one nation of many nations living in peace, prosperity, and posterity’s hope for blessings.

    Whatever people believe about the turning point of economic stability, they’re only clinging to the very barriers that now choke our children from the joy we’ve already lost, to the fears we keep fulfilling.

    Cuts, increases, and wars for the sake of being warlike…

    You won’t find a solution that offers peace for the future of our children, or prosperity to the disillusioned poor, reverence to the contribution of our elderly, and enlightenment to American’s kinship as Humanity’s Nation of Mankind’s Nations.

    People who would rather profit by self-success and survival, prolong the prosperity sublimely intended as America’s crowning elegance, and splendor .

    Enlightenment seem to be the least desired legislation, even though morality and tolerance will never be legislated obedience, over free will.

    The Law of Commercial Profits… People rage for Freedom from systematized Duality

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