Differentiate between anger and rage

Published on September 11, 2018

Anger can manifest in a healthy and unhealthy way depending on the manner in which a person decides to express. It is a common emotion expressed by an individual in response to a specific provocation based on both cognitive interpretations and previous experiences. On the other hand, rage can be considered to be an action in retaliation for the anger that a person has. It is a situation when a person is not able to handle their anger in a proper way. Rage is an explosion, out of controlled emotion. This extreme expression of anger which is often called fury or frenzy - a feeling of intense, violent or growing anger. This outburst of emotion does lead potentially towards physical or verbal aggression.

A person who is angry will have the power to control the emotions. But a person having rage has no control of the emotions and it could be sometimes destructive and could lead to bloodshed. Unlike anger, rage is an intricate mix of fear, desperation, anger and panic. It is a complete blackout of the thoughts. It is a loud and scary temper tantrum and can quickly shift from being controlled to being threateningly uncontrolled. When rage is in full flow, there is little room for empathy, understanding or clarity. Rage is a powerful force that creates havoc and results in venting action without consideration for others. Rage can also be experienced when feeling under personal threat. This expression will generally leave the person feeling confused by their emotions after the explosion of emotion, and they may continue to linger over negative thoughts afterwards.

Anger and rage are very different even though they are related to each other and most people do not find any distinct difference between the two. Both are emotional outbursts of frustration centred on an inability to cope with negative thoughts, feelings and external influences. Understanding the difference between these two expressions will enable us to begin to manage our emotions more appropriately. Therefore, it is so important to know the differences, anger and rage are completely different phenomena with different origins, purposes, including different therapy needs. We can help people use different strategies to help themselves gain a sense of control over their lives.

~ by Dr Alice Lee, PhD


Category(s):Anger Management

Written by:

Dr Alice Lee, PhD

Dr Alice Lee (PhD) a professionally trained counsellor. She is also a Certified Anger Management Treatment Professional conferred by the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), has many years of rich experience in the educational and counselling field, specializing in individual, couple/group counselling, intervention for anger management and social phobia based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.

She started Life Station Professional Counselling where she provides individual, couple and group counselling services. Life Station brings hope to individuals, couples and families who need help and emotional support. The understanding of You Are Not Alone, Genuineness, Openness, Sincerity, Empathy is the focus in all the sessions. Your needs are my main concern. Each counselling session is highly confidential. Dr Alice believes that all her clients deserve the highest level of service, and she is committed to walking through the journey with you. Besides, she had conducted various training workshops and talks related to educational, personal development, anger management, stress management, parenting teens, time management, effective learning strategies, and premarital issues.

Dr Alice Lee, PhD belongs to Life Station Professional Counselling in Singapore

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