Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Hostility, aggression & anger a dangerous mix

Hostility, aggression & anger a dangerous mix


Those who drive have experienced this feeling at some point of time — a surge of irritation and anger at possible aggressive or dangerous driving.

But few would stop, step out and physically assault another person. However, it’s a different picture on Delhi roads. The Capital records at least two to three cases of road rage a month.

Psychiatrists claim that over-crowding, oppressive weather, disturbed/tense state of mind are all contributing factors to road rage.

Physician and office bearer of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr. K.K. Aggarwal said: “We have seen a rise in the number of road rage cases in the age group of 17-30 years. The youth today is showing what is now called AHA (anger, hostility and aggression). While city life takes its toll, ego and substance abuse create a dangerous situation on the road.’’

Dr. Samir Parikh, director, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare said: “The rise in the number of these cases is a clear reflection of the fact that we are increasingly on the edge and stress is forcing us to disregard the consequences of our action. The non-interventional attitude of bystanders, too, is a case of worry and concern.”

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