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Sidewalk Rage: Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0


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Individuals who express walkway hostility might be better served to recite the Serenity Prayer when they start to feel fury at other walkers around them rather than making unkind criticisms or remarks to them. Pedestrian Agressiveness Syndrome happens to people who get furious at slower walkers in front of them who unintentionally block their passage, and, in so doing, slow them down. It’s not clear why such people become easily enraged while others are able to remain serene. Researchers are studying the dynamic, however, and hope to improve anger management strategies.

What are the Symptoms ?

Symtoms of individuals who have anger issues with others on the walkway can include grumbling and intentionally bumping into other walkers. They also tend to show hostility by deliberately blocking a pathway, by striding at an excessively fast pace, by cutting others off, and by rudely refusing to yield the right-of-way. They have also been known to stare in a hostile manner and say unkind things to others who have inadvertently enraged them by striding too slowly in front of them. Most other people are able to remain calm and solve such a problem by just unobtrusively strolling around the slower ones.

Individuals on foot who feel fury at others have a set of firm beliefs as to how people around them should be walking. For instance, they believe slower individuals should always keep to the right and move aside when having to stop for any reason. It is also their firm belief that the left side of escalators should be kept free for people who prefer walking up the escalator instead of riding it. They generally display little tolerance for those who don't abide by their foot traffic standards.

What Can be Done to Alleviate It?

Such anger can be associated with various health risks, such as high blood pressure, Therefore, it’s important for individuals who display such walker fury to endeavor to calm down. Anger management therapy that would provide them with more appropriate and serene ways to deal with their frustration could prove beneficial.



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