Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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Neurotic Anger, Subcategory of Anger

  • Yori GidronEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1462-2



This term refers to a type of anger which mainly reflects the affective component of anger. Neurotic anger (or neurotic hostility) is contrasted with antagonistic anger (or antagonistic hostility), which refers mainly to the behavioral component of anger (Dembroski and Costa 1987). Neurotic anger includes feelings of anger and is associated with the personality dimension of neuroticism-emotional stability, with neuroticism being the tendency to attend to, experience, and report negative affect. In contrast, antagonistic anger refers mainly to the agreeable-antagonism dimension of personality and includes disagreeable behavior, argumentativeness, rudeness, being evasive, and lack of cooperation. This distinction is of great importance in behavior medicine because studies have shown that mainly antagonistic, but not neurotic, anger/hostility is the element of anger/hostility predictive of cardiovascular reactivity to stress and of coronary artery...

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References and Further Readings

  1. Costa, P. T., & McCrae, R. R. (1987). Neuroticism, somatic complaints, and disease: Is the bark worse than the bite? Journal of Personality, 55, 299–316.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
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  4. Siegman, A. W., Malkin, A. R., Boyle, S., Vaitkus, M., Barko, W., & Franco, E. (2002). Anger, and plasma lipid, lipoprotein, and glucose levels in healthy women: The mediating role of physical fitness. Journal of Behavior Medicine, 25, 1–16.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and PharmacyFree University of Brussels (VUB)JetteBelgium