What Really Makes You Angry?

What Really Makes You Angry?

What Really Makes You Angry?

From holding up traffic to lying, here are five answers to the question, “What really makes you angry?”

  • Slow Drivers in the Left-Hand Lane
  • Powerlessness
  • Poor Listeners
  • Cruelty and Injustice
  • Dishonesty

Slow Drivers in the Left-Hand Lane

It really bothers me when people are in the passing lane driving the speed limit or less. It’s very unsafe and causes people to end up passing them in the right-hand lane.

Every time I see someone in the left-hand lane, they seem oblivious that there is now a line of cars behind them waiting to pass. If you want to go slower, no problem; just stay in the correct lane and drive. If you know you are typically a slower driver, you should just plan to never be in the left-hand lane.

Evan McCarthyEvan McCarthy
President and CEO, Sporting Smiles


Not being in control, in broad terms, is something that everyone would agree is not a pleasant feeling. It’s a control freak’s worst nightmare, and while I wouldn’t call myself one, I really get angry when I’m powerless against something that relates to me.

I get the angriest when I know something bad is coming, like an uncomfortable conversation with a friend, and there’s not much I can do to fix things.

Natalia BrzezinskaNatalia Brzezinska
Marketing and Outreach Manager, PhotoAiD

Poor Listeners

I think the most annoying thing in my life is when people don’t listen. It happens all too often: you’re having a conversation with someone and they just aren’t paying attention.

They keep interrupting or changing the subject or giving their opinion even though you haven’t asked for it. It’s infuriating! How am I supposed to get my point across if no one takes the time to actually listen?

That kind of behavior shows a lack of respect that really gets under my skin. If someone is truly interested in what I have to say, then they’ll take the time and effort to engage actively in our conversation instead of talking over me or being dismissive.

The worst part about this situation is that there’s nothing much you can do about it other than try your best to be heard and hope for the best. So‌ pay attention when someone else is speaking, because otherwise, you might miss out on something important—like an invitation for coffee!

Jamie IrwinJamie Irwin
Head of Marketing, Privasee

Cruelty and Injustice

So many people refuse to follow the Golden Rule and treat others the way they want to be treated is the reason for the current state of the world. Many people are mean and do harmful things to other people.

Why? Because of sin. Because of selfishness. If people would love God as commanded and love others as we love ourselves, we would live in a pleasant world.

The lack of love sums up why there is cruelty and injustice. Cruelty and injustice make me angry with righteous indignation.

Petrina  Ferguson Petrina Ferguson
Life Coach, MyMentor.life


Honesty is the way forward. I understand white lies; I understand wanting to protect people.

Most people lie because they are afraid of judgment from others. But the more transparent people are with each other, the more informed decisions they can make and evaluate decisions.

It also helps move things forward. Lies really mask reality.

Sabrina MorrisSabrina Morris
Talent Acquisition Partner, AstraZeneca

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