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  • 1. Name Are You an Angry Person? Everybody gets angry from time to time. A number of statements that people have used to describe the times they get angry are included below. Use the guidelines below to indicate how well each of the following statements describes you. Please answer every item. 5 = Completely true 4 = Mostly true 3 = Partly true/partly false 2 = Mostly false 1 = Completely false Q. Statement Response 1 I tend to get angry more frequently than most people. 2 Other people seem to get angrier than I do in similar circumstances. 3 I harbour grudges that I don’t tell anyone about. 4 I try to get even when I’m angry with someone. 5 I am secretly quite critical of others. 6 It is easy to make me angry. 7 When I am angry with someone, I let that person know. 8 I have met many people who are supposed to be experts who are no better than I. 9 Something makes me angry almost every day. 10 I often feel angrier than I should. 11 I feel guilty about expressing my anger. 12 When I am angry with someone, I take it out on whoever is around. 13 Some of my friends have habits that annoy and bother me very much. 14 I am surprised at how often I feel angry. 15 Once I let people know I am angry, I can put it all out of my mind. 16 People talk about me behind my back. 17 At times, I feel angry for no specific reason. 18 I can make myself angry about something in the past just by thinking about it. 19 Even after I have expressed my anger, I have trouble forgetting about it. 20 When I hide my anger from others, I think about it for a long time. 21 People can bother me just by being around. 22 When I get angry, I stay angry for hours. 23 When I hide my anger from others, I forget about it pretty quickly. 24 I try to talk over problems with people without letting them know I’m angry. 25 When I get angry, I calm down faster than most people. 26 I get so angry, I feel like I might lose control. 27 If I let people see the way I feel, I’d be considered a hard person to get along with. 28 I am on my guard with people who are friendlier than I expected. 29 It’s difficult for me to let people know I’m angry.
  • 2. 30 I get angry when… a … someone lets me down. b … people are unfair. c … something blocks my plans. d … I am delayed e … someone embarrasses me. f … I have to take orders from someone less capable than I. g … I have to work with incompetent people. h … I do something stupid. i … I am not given credit for something I have done. Scoring: o Reverse your scores (5=1, 4=2, 3=3, 2=4, 1=5) for the following questions: 2, 23 and 25. o You score can be worked out on five subscales. Please note that some items appear on more than one subscale. Add up your scores for the listed question numbers. 1. Anger Arousal (AA) 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26. Score = 2. Range of Anger-Eliciting Situations (RAS) 30a, 30b, 30c, 30d, 30e, 30f, 30g, 30h, 30i. Score = 3. Hostile Outlook (HO) 8, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 30a, 30b, 30f, 30g, 30i. Score = 4. Anger-Out (AO) 7, 23, 24, 29. Score = 5. Anger-In (AI) 3, 4, 11, 19, 20, 27. Score = Total Score =
  • 3. Table displaying the norm scores. Compare your scores for each section and your total score. AA RAS HO AO AI Total Percentile* 47 33 44 14 22 160 85 42 29 39 13 20 142 70 36 25 34 11 17 123 50 30 21 29 9 14 104 30 25 17 24 8 12 86 15 *Explanation of Percentile column For example, a total score of 162 on this anger test would put you at the 85th percentile; this means that you would have scored the same as or higher (i.e. be seen equally or more angry) than 85 percent of other people who have completed this test (the population). You can compare your scores against the percentiles for each of the five subscales as well as for your total score. If you do not understand, DO NOT WORRY! I will go through this with you next lesson to help explain. Aggression One of the main problems which psychologists encounter when they study or make theories about aggression is that everyone seems to have a different idea of just what aggression is. • behaviour leading to self-assertion; it may arise from innate drives and/or a response to frustration, and may be manifested by destructive and attacking behaviour, by hostility and obstructionism, or by self-expressive drive to mastery. • behaviour that is angry and destructive and intended to be injurious, physically or emotionally, and aimed at domination of one animal by another. It may be manifested by overt attacking and destructive behaviour or by covert attitudes of hostility and obstructionism. The most common behavioural problem seen in dogs. • acts or threats designed to cause injury. • forceful behaviour with intent to dominate; physical or verbal force directed toward the environment, another person, or oneself. • an act carried out with the INTENTION of harming another person. • any verbal or nonverbal forceful means to harm or abuse another person or object. Behaviour aimed at hurting or destroying someone or something. Aggression is also another area where the theories which have been put forward form a nature - nurture debate. Some theorists think that aggression is something which we all have, instinctively, and which we need to release; while others consider it as something which arises as a result of environmental circumstances.
  • 4. In your exercise book, write a discussion on how aggression can be seen as a product of both ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’. There may well be sections in your text book to help you.
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