You don’t need a car to get road rage.
For many people, few things are more infuriating than slow walkers—those seemingly inconsiderate people who clog up sidewalks, grocery aisles and airport hallways while others fume behind them.
Researchers say the concept of “sidewalk rage” is real. One scientist has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map out how people express their fury. At its most extreme, sidewalk rage can signal a psychiatric condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder [as defined by the DSM-IV, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychiatry’s bible of diagnoses],” researchers say.
This Wall Street Journal article explores the condition further. Though the whole idea of people who become enraged because the person in front of them is perceived as walking more slowly than they ought may seem trivial (that’s an actual disorder? People just need to cope), the study could to shed some light into the much larger question—very real and very destructive—of anger control, what triggers sudden rages, and how this can be prevented. Read more…