Anger Self Assessment

Completing this Psychological Screening Test

To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The questions refer to the past 12 months. Carefully read each statement and decide whether your answer is yes or no. Please give the best answer or the answer that is right most of the time.

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1. I don’t show my anger about everything that makes me mad, but when I do – look out.

2. I still get angry when I think of the bad things people did to me in the past.

3. Waiting in line, or waiting for other people, really annoys me.

4. I fly off the handle easily.

5. I often find myself having heated arguments with the people who are closest to me.

6. I sometimes lie awake at night and think about the things that upset me during the day.

7. When someone says or does something that upsets me, I don’t usually say anything at the time, but later spend a lot of time thinking up cutting replies I could and should have made.

8. I find it very hard to forgive someone who has done me wrong.

9. I get angry with myself when I lost control of my emotions.

10. People really irritate me when they don’t behave the way they should, or when they act like they don’t have the good sense of a head of lettuce.

11. If I get really upset about something, I have a tendency to feel sick later, either with a weak spell, headache, upset stomach, or diarrhea.

12. People I've trusted have often let me down, leaving me feeling angry or betrayed.

13. When things don’t go my way, I get depressed.

14. I am apt to take frustration so badly that I cannot put it out of my mind.

15. I've been so angry at times I couldn't remember things I said or did.

16. After arguing with someone, I hate myself.

17. I've had trouble on the job because of my temper.

18. When riled up, I often blurt out things I later regret saying.

19. Some people are afraid of my bad temper.

20. When I get angry, frustrated or hurt, I comfort myself by eating or using alcohol or other drugs.

21. When someone hurts or frustrates me, I want to get even.

22. I've gotten so angry at times that I've become physically violent, hitting other people or breaking things.

23. At times, I've felt angry enough to kill.

24. Sometimes I feel so hurt and alone I feel like committing suicide.

25. I’m a really angry person, and I know I need help learning to control my temper and angry feelings because it has already caused me a lot of problems.

About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire

Score your quiz by allocating 1 point to each ‘yes’ answer — except for questions 1 and 4, where 1 point is allocated for each ‘no’ answer — and totalling the responses.

If you scored 10 or higher, this indicates a strong anger problem.

If you scored between 4 and 9, this indicates normal anger management skills.

If you scored less than 4, less indicates better than normal anger management skills.

Additional Information

From: Of Course You’re Angry: A Guide to Dealing with the Emotions of Substance Abuse by Gayle Rosellini and Mark Worden, Copyright 1985, 1997 by Hazelden Foundation. Reprinted by permission of Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN.

These tests are not meant as a diagnosis tool! You should not take this score to represent a mental disorder diagnosis or any type of behavioral healthcare treatment recommendation. Always consult with a trained mental health professional if you are experiencing feelings, thoughts or difficulties that cause you or people you love to be concerned. Seek immediate treatment from a licensed mental health professional or physician within your community if you are having issues with anger management, alcohol abuse, or substance abuse. None of the scores shown after the test are recorded or logged, leaving the questionnaires completely anonymous.

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