Well it’s unavoidable with the increase of cars on the road people are bound to get more frustrated.
Causing people to get out of their cars and start ranting openly about their frustrations like the one in this article here.
Cheezestix.com sets out to find out more about road rage and if it could be curbed.
So what causes road rage?
Simple: “Human beings are territorial … The car is an extension of this territory,” according to AAA. True that. Plus, as a 2008 study found, humans crave violence just like sex. Watch out particularly for wide-faced men, known to be more aggressive than others.
There’s another factor: Negative actions play out bigger than positive acts, University of Chicago researchers say. Feeling slighted can have a bigger effect on how a person responds than being the recipient of perceived generosity, the researchers found.
“For instance in driving, if you are kind and let someone go in front of you, that driver may be considerate in response. But if you cut someone off, that person may react very aggressively, and this could escalate to road rage,” said University of Chicago psychology professor Boaz Keysar. “Small slights could escalate to unbelievable, irrational feuds.”
There’s even a disorder thought to be behind extreme cases of road rage among some people: “intermittent explosive disorder, which is “characterized by recurrent episodes of angry and potentially violent outbursts — seen in cases of road rage or spousal abuse,” wrote Ronald Kessler Harvard Medical School and colleagues.
Intermittent explosive disorder “has been found to be much more common than previously thought,” Kessler and colleagues wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2006. “Depending upon how broadly it is defined, this disorder affects as many as 7.3 percent of adults, or 16 million Americans, in their lifetimes.”
Attacks resulting from the disorder “are out of proportion to the social stressors triggering them” and aren’t related to other mental disorders, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. “People with this disorder overreact to situations with uncontrollable rage, feel a sense of relief during the angry outburst, and then feel remorseful about their actions,” Kessler and colleagues wrote.
Perhaps we can all try to give in a little or perhaps try to be civil to avoid conflicts on the road. It is always good to remember that we the person in front of you might have had a worst day then you and wants to get home just like you do. So if we all do our part i’m sure Singapore would be a better place for everyone.