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Anger Quiz

Gayle Rosellini and Mark Worden

Use this short screening test to help determine if you should seek help (diagnosis and treatment) for anger problems.

Instructions: The items below refer to how you have behaved during the past year. Please indicate whether each question is TRUE or FALSE as a description of you during the past year.

NOTE: If you suspect that you have an anger management problem you should seek help from a health professional regardless of how you score on this screening test.

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

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

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

4. I fly off the handle easily.
True False

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

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

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.
True False

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

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

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.
True False

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.
True False

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

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

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

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

16. After arguing with someone, I hate myself.
True False

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

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

19. Some people are afraid of my bad temper.
True False

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

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

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

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

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

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.
True False


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.



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