RESOURCE: DBT ways to describe emotions. ANGER

20 May


  • Anger
  • Aggravation
  • Agitation
  • Annoyance
  • Bitterness
  • Contempt
  • Cruelty
  • Destructiveness
  • Disgust
  • Dislike
  • Envy
  • Exasperation 
  • Ferocity
  • Frustration
  • Fury
  • Grouchiness 
  • Grumpiness
  • Hate
  • Hostility
  • Irritation
  • Jealousy
  • Loathing
  • Mean-spiritedness
  • Outrage
  • Rage
  • Resentment
  • Revulsion
  • Scorn
  • Spite
  • Torment
  • Vengefulness 
  • Wrath

Prompting events for feeling anger

  • Losing power, status, or respect
  • Being insulted
  • Not having things turn out the way you expected
  • Experiencing emotional or physical pain
  • Being threatened with physical or emotional pain by someone or something
  • Having an important or pleasurable activity interrupted, postponed, or stopped
  • Not obtaining something you want, which another person has. 

Interpretations that prompt feelings of anger

  • Expecting pain
  • Feeling that you’ve been treated unfairly
  • Believing things should be different.
  • Rigidly thinking, “I’m right”
  • Judging that the situation is illegitimate, wrong, or unfair. 
  • Ruminating about the event that set off the anger in the first place. 

Experiencing the emotion of anger

  • Feeling incoherent 
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling extremely emotional 
  • Feeling tightness or rigidity in your body
  • Feeling your face flush or get hot
  • Feeling nervous tension, anxiety, or discomfort
  • Feeling like you are going to explode. 
  • Muscles tightening
  • Teeth clamped together, mouth tightening
  • Crying, being unable to stop tears
  • Wanting to hit, bang the wall, throw something, blow up. 

Expressing and Acting on anger

  • Frowning or not smiling, mean or unpleasant facial expression 
  • Gritting or showing your teeth in an unfriendly manner
  • Grinning
  • A red or flushed face
  • Verbally attacking the cause of your anger, criticizing
  • Physically attacking the cause of your anger
  • Using obscenities or cursing
  • Using a loud voice, yelling, screaming, or shouting 
  • Complaining  or bitching talking about how lousy things are. 
  • Clenching your hands or fists
  • Making aggressive or threatening gestures
  • Pounding on something, throwing things, breaking things
  • Walking heavily or stomping, slamming doors, walking out
  • Brooding or withdrawing from contact with others

After effects of anger

  • Narrowing of attention
  • Attending only to the situation that made you angry
  • Ruminating about the situation that made you angry and not being able to think of anything else. 
  • Remembering or ruminating about other situations that have made you angry in the past. 
  • Imagining future situations that will make you angry
  • Depersonalization, dissociative experiences, numbness
  • Intense shame, fear, or other negative emotions. 

4 Responses to “RESOURCE: DBT ways to describe emotions. ANGER”

  1. stuffthatneedssaying May 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM #

    Interesting. I’ve been torn on whether Jealousy belongs under Sadness or Anger. I opted for Sadness. I’m not angry that other people have things, just sad that I don’t have them.

    • mm172001 May 20, 2015 at 12:10 PM #

      I’ll be posting one on sadness later. My anger and sadness get intertwined so sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish.

  2. sbgreene021 May 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM #

    Reblogged this on Through My Eyes.


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