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Anger test - Find out if your anger is a problem?

How often during a typical week in the past month did you get irritated, mad or angry?


1. Not at all

2. Once or twice a week

3. Three to five times a week

4. one or two times a day

5. Three times a day

6. Four or five times a day

7. Six to ten times a day

8. More than ten times a day


If you scored 1-3 you are within a healthy normal range. If you scored 4-8 your anger is probably excessive (angrier than 75% of population).

Measuring the frequency of your anger

Measuring the strength or intensity of your anger

On average how strong or intense is your anger when you get mad?


      1             2           3        4           5         6           7             8          9        10

         MildAverage                                                        Extreme


If you scored 6 or below your anger is considered to be, what psychologists might say is, within a normal healthy range


If you scored 7 or above you are likely to have problems with your anger

How to use your scores to find out if and how your anger might be a problem.

Use the following table to determine which of the six categories you fall into and to assess if your anger is a problem.

If for example you scored a 5 for intensity of your anger and a 7 for frequency you would fall into the "Chronic Anger" category.


The following statistics were taken from a community sample of 284 people


Episodic irritation

Roughly 25% of the sample fell into this category and if you do your anger is not a problem


Episodic anger

36% get angry a couple of times a week but let it go fairly easily and if you do your anger is not a problem


Episodic rage

The sleeping lions group - This is a problem anger which about 15% of the sample fell into. Not aroused often but when they are watch out


Chronic irritation

Only 2% fall into this category. It is not much of a problem but you may be seen as moody or bitchy.


Chronic anger

11% of people surveyed fell into this category which is a problem. It may not get to the level of rage but it is not healthy to get angry this often


Chronic rage

This is the worst case scenario for problem anger. 12% 0f people fell into this category. If you fall into this category your anger is likely poisoning every aspect of your life and is dangerous.


You certainly need to consider getting some help.


These ideas come from Anger management for Dummies (W.D Gentry 2007).


What should I do next if I think my anger is a problem?

If you already know that your anger is causing you problems in your life or if you have read my anger page and taken the test and feel you might have discovered it is more of a problem than you first believed then it may be time to consider getting some help.


I have been specialising in anger management therapies for over fifteen years and have learned and developed a powerful approach to working with anger that is extremely effective.


"After working with George for just a few sessions I couldn't even work out why I was so angry in the first place." Client



If you would like to book an appointment or find out more you can contact me by email at or by phone at 44-0151-632-4470 or on my mobile at 07595 020 660

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