Why do I get angry easily

Psychiatry, Psychosomatics & Psychotherapy

Aggressive and antisocial behaviors are complex phenomena, and different manifestations can be distinguished. Two major distinctions are made between impulsive aggression and instrumental aggression met.

The impulsive-aggressive sub-form is characterized on the one hand by fearfulness and on the other hand by strong impulsiveness. Affected people have difficulties in self-control, a low tolerance for frustration and they perceive actions of other people in a distorted manner, namely more intensely as a threat or disadvantage. They quickly feel attacked by others and react with impulsive, hostile behavior.

The instrumental-aggressive type does not act aggressively out of affect, but rather to dominate others and achieve their own goals. Emotional insensitivity and fearlessness of the consequences of one's own behavior are typical characteristics. As a rule, these children and adolescents do not feel any pressure of suffering and therefore show no willingness to change and have little empathy for other people.

Oppositional defiant behaviorAggressive behavior towards living beings

gets angry quickly

threatens others, intimidates

often argues with adults

fights often begin

often contradicts the instructions and rules of adults

inflicts severe physical harm on others with weapons

often deliberately annoys others

physically cruel to people

blames others for their own mistakes

torments animals

often sensitive, easily annoyed

Extortion of armed robbery

often angry and offended

Forcing others to engage in sexual acts

often malicious and resentful

Destruction of property:
Willfully commit arson
destroys someone else's property

Fraud or theft:
breaks into cars or buildings
lies for gain
steals valuable items

Serious rule violations:
Stay away at night without parental permission (before age 13)
often skips school (before the age of 13)

Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; Fegert, Eggers, Resch; 2nd Edition; Springer (Chapter: Disorders of Social Conduct, page 913)