Multidimensional Anger Test: How Well Do I Manage My Temper?

If you've ever questioned your relationship with anger, you're not alone. Anger, in its various forms, can significantly impact our lives and relationships. This Multidimensional Anger Test is designed to help you gain insights into your experiences with anger and guide you toward healthier ways of managing your emotions.

Disclaimer: This test is not a diagnostic tool. If you believe you need additional support in addressing and managing your anger, please consider seeking guidance from a mental health professional. Match with a therapist who can provide personalized strategies and support.

Understanding Multidimensional Anger

Have you ever felt your pulse race or your face flush in a moment of anger? Do you ever notice that sometimes thoughts of anger, frustration, and disappointment loop in your brain, distracting you from being present?  Not only can experiencing anger wreak havoc on your brain and body, it can also significantly damage the way you move through your daily routines and operate within your workplaces and relationships.

We all experience anger – it’s one of the more uncomfortable emotions on our spectrum. Anger can manifest in many ways, but it’s much more than a fleeting feeling or a cycle of negative emotions - it’s a multidimensional, complex human emotion that demands a second look.

Understanding multidimensional anger can help us pinpoint the root of what causes us to feel angry, and be more mindful of anger management practices, healthier emotional expression, and improved relationships with others.

Defining Multidimensional Anger

So what *is* multidimensional anger, exactly? This concept is based on an assessment developed by Dr. Judith Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at UCLA, who suggested that anger is multi-dimensional and can be measured in a number of ways.


Refers to the length of time anger persists within an individual. Some people may experience anger as a fleeting emotion that fades quickly, while others may harbor anger for longer periods of time.


Frequency is how often a person experiences anger. It considers whether anger is a rare occurrence or a frequent emotion that arises in response to various triggers.

Mode of Expression

Sometimes called the ‘Anger In, Anger Out Mode of Expression,' this examines how individuals express their anger. Some people may internalize their anger, suppressing their emotions or directing them inward (anger in), while others may show anger outwardly through verbal or physical expression (anger out).

Hostile Outlook

A hostile outlook refers to the tendency to view the world through a lens of hostility or suspicion. Individuals with a hostile outlook may see ambiguous situations as threatening or interpret the actions of others as intentionally hostile.


Magnitude assesses the intensity or severity of an individual's anger. It considers whether anger is mild, moderate, or intense in its expression and impact.

Range of Anger-Eliciting Situations

This points to the variety of situations or triggers that provoke anger in an individual. It considers whether anger arises in response to specific circumstances or is triggered by a wide range of situations.

The Dimensions of Anger

Now that we know how to gauge multidimensional anger, let’s look at our own triggers and responses. What are the underlying causes of our multidimensional anger, and how do personal, societal, and environmental factors play a role in forming our anger patterns? Think of the last time you felt angry. How did it affect you? Where might it have come from? 

The Physical Dimension

How does anger physically manifest in the body, and what are the immediate and long-term health implications of unaddressed anger?

The Emotional and Psychological Dimensions

Have you ever been so angry you couldn't think straight? How does anger affect our emotional state and mental health? How can recognizing these impacts help us manage anger more effectively?

Impact on Relationships

How has anger influenced your relationships with friends, family, and colleagues? Anger can put a strain on our relationships, but it's not always a negative. Can you recall a time when expressing your anger led to a productive or positive outcome? 

Cultural and Societal Influences

How do cultural and societal norms shape our perceptions and expressions of anger? Are there healthy models for expressing anger within these contexts and if so, are they accessible? 

Impact on Personal Growth

Can understanding and managing multidimensional anger lead to personal growth? How can we use the emotional energy generated by anger to fuel positive life choices? 

Examining our multidimensional anger can be overwhelming and feel unmanageable, but remember: The more you understand, the more you can start to manage multidimensional anger in productive, powerful ways. 

What are effective strategies for managing multidimensional anger? 

Here are several strategies that can help manage multidimensional anger more constructively:

Self-awareness Exercises

Encourage identifying triggers and patterns of anger by keeping a journal. This can help in understanding the root causes of anger and how it manifests in different situations.

Practice mindfulness to increase awareness of anger as it arises, observing it without judgment to better manage emotional responses.

Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (CBT)

Learn to identify and challenge irrational or harmful thoughts that lead to anger, replacing them with more balanced and constructive ones.

Develop strategies to address and resolve the underlying issues that trigger anger, rather than focusing on the emotional reaction itself.

Emotional Regulation Skills

Utilize deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization to reduce the physiological arousal that anger causes.

Practice acknowledging and accepting emotions without judgment, using coping strategies to manage intense feelings effectively.

Communication Skills

Learn to express feelings and needs clearly and directly, without aggression or passivity. This includes using "I" statements to communicate how you feel without blaming others.

Improve listening skills to understand others' perspectives better, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts that can lead to anger.

Physical Activity

Engage in physical activities, such as walking, running, swimming, or yoga, to reduce stress and anger. Exercise can act as a natural outlet for frustration and tension.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Maintain a balanced diet, get adequate sleep, and reduce consumption of stimulants (like caffeine) that can heighten irritability. Organize your schedule to reduce stress from overcommitment or procrastination, which can exacerbate anger.

Creative Outlets

Use art, music, writing, or other creative activities as outlets for expressing and processing emotions, providing a therapeutic way to explore and diffuse anger.

Forgiveness and Letting Go

Work towards forgiving others and yourself for past grievances. This can be a powerful step in healing and reducing chronic anger.

Boundary Setting

Learn to set and communicate clear boundaries with others, which can prevent feelings of resentment and frustration that often lead to anger.

Social Support

Seek support by sharing your feelings with friends, family, or support groups to gain perspective and alleviate the burden of bottled-up emotions.

If anger is overwhelming or leads to destructive behavior, seeking assistance from a therapist specializing in anger management or emotional regulation can provide tailored strategies and support. 

Implementing these strategies requires patience and practice, as managing multidimensional anger is an ongoing process. For many, combining therapy alongside several of these approaches, tailored to their specific needs and situations, yields the best results in managing anger effectively.

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