How to Score the Anger Style Self-Test

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The Anger Style Self-Test is designed to help you learn more about different styles of anger. We encourage you to contact The Men’s Center to discuss your test results with our staff.

Group each set of three questions (i.e., questions 1 - 3; 4 - 6; 7 - 9; and so on). Total the number of times you said “yes” to each group (e.g., questions 1 - 3 you may have said “yes” twice). Each group set describes a separate anger style as per below. Your style is identified by how many times you said “yes” to each main group category and sub-categories. Note that you may have more than one dominant style:

Questions 1 - 9: Hidden Style of Anger

Often used when one is partly or mostly unaware of, and/or unable to accept one’s anger.

Questions 1 - 3: Anger Avoidance

“Anger is bad, scary or useless.” You may feel a need to deny or minimize your anger. Unable to listen to the messages in your anger.

Questions 4 - 6: Passive Aggression

You may feel powerless and dominated by others. You may be unassertive and resentful, despising the people who you believe are trying to control you. However, you can frustrate others through inaction, making “doing nothing” a sort of art. Unfortunately, this traps you in inertia and the cycle is perpetuated.

Questions 7 - 9: Paranoia

“Distrust-based anger.” Your anger is projected onto others and is then defended against with “defensive” anger and aggression. You may be hyper-vigilant because of a perceived imminent danger of attack from others.

Questions 10 - 21: Explosive Style of Anger

When one periodically demonstrates one’s anger through dramatic outbursts.

Questions 10 - 12: Sudden Anger

“Anger comes out as rapid, usually short-lived, intense outbursts.”

Questions 13 - 15: Shame-based Anger

“Rapidly converting feelings of shame into rage.” You may attack your attackers (i.e., those you believe are shaming you). May be associated with domestic violence since intimate relationships most frequently trigger shame.

Questions 16 - 18: Deliberate Anger

“Purposely displayed in order to intimidate others.” Anger works because you get what you want. Sometimes you appear to be tremendously irate even though you are not really angry at all.

Questions 19-21: Excitatory Anger

You seek out anger because becoming irate triggers feelings of excitement and intensity.

Questions 22 - 30 Chronic Style of Anger

Often occurs when one develops long-term anger patterns that keep one angry, bitter and resentful.

Questions 22 - 24: Habitual Anger

“Think and act in ways that continually perpetuate anger.” Anger is a default emotion of choice, automatically appearing in situations in which another person would feel other emotions or have no affective response at all.

Questions 25 - 27: Moral Anger

You perceive anger as justified and righteous. You may wrap a cloak of righteousness around yourself and refuse to take it off, treating even the smallest conflicts as moral battles and turning opponents into devils and monsters.

Questions 28 - 30: Resentment/Hate

You may store up incidents in which you felt maltreated, rather than trying to handle each one in a timely fashion.” Over time, anger becomes rigid and inflexible, building into a solidified sense of hatred.

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