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What do you think causes Rage?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jul 14, 2005.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Some of the psychological literature that i have read suggest the rage is a result of being shamed as a youth and as result their is a constant need to regain control, i think their can be some truth to this. What do you think causes rage in people?.
  2. Frustration that the expected is not the result, for me anyway.

  3. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
  4. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    I think rage is just an exacerbation of the "fight" response, in the "fight or flight" model. Anger is really a response to a threat, perceived or real, physical or emotive.

    The body stops digestion and abstract cognitive functioning and other processes not necessary for an immediate fight to the finish, pumps our muscles full of blood, increases our oxygen intake, makes use of all energy available as adenosine triphosphate, and shoots tons of adrenaline and endorphins into the bloodstream. All this serves to make us a juggernaut of potential destruction, and about 10 times badder than we would be in a calm state.

    So, if being threatened (or hurt), rage serves a valuable function: it makes us bad-ass. Unfortunately, we're not very reasonable or responsible during this state. Behaviorally, rage works: the function of the set of behaviors making up "rage" is to deal with imminent danger, and it's reinforced positively by being efficient and getting us what we want.

    That said, some people seem to fly off the handle into a "rage" at the slightest provocation. Some would say they're wired differently, but i think its behavioral: in the past, behaving in a rage-ful fashion gets the individual instant and desirable consequences (such as "i get my way," or "a threat is removed.") and, having been positively consequated, will be repeated and become more efficient over time.

    That's what i think causes rage.

  5. +1

    Great post.

    I thing rage is connected to expectation. Rage against things (or people) you can't change is dangerous.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Or they lack self - control. Very interesting , thank you for sharing. :)
  7. Great topic, btw - thanks Major

    My own experience with rage in people has resulted in less than positive things.

    Sometimes, you cannot control others rage. At least I don't suffer from rage.
  8. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
  9. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
  10. It's like deja vu.

  11. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  12. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I think somebody here bought a book of questions a few months back. :)
  13. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    Jehova's witnesses at the door during football.
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    "The Machine"?
  15. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    For those, you need a sign like mine:

    No Soliciting
    No Witnessing
    No Canvassing
    No Kidding
  16. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Having watched the show "The Dog Whisperer" a few times recently, this issue has been dealt with in dogs. Interesting ideas put forth by the guy running the show.

    Despite the fact that he likes the Bucs, I think pigpen is right on with the "behaving in a rage-ful fashion gets the individual instant and desirable consequences" idea. It is all about intimidation, with dogs and humans.

  17. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    And the effectiveness of given behaviors: behaviors that get people (or animals) what they want (that is, are consequated positively) are repeated. All behaviors depend upon their consequences.

    For example, liking the bucs brings me instant glorious bliss when they dominate. 'Cause they do.
  18. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    rage for me comes from all sorts of things.

    especially ignorance.
  19. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Lab monkies!

    (There was an image of the 28 Days Later cover, but apparantly they don't want me stealing bandwidth. Pft.)
  20. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I suppose everyone has a snapping point, but the people who have one that is easy to reach probably have some high degree of self-centeredness.

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