Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Raymond DiGiuseppe

Second Advisor

Robin Wellington

Abstract

When people think of the emotion of anger, they think of being angry at someone or something else. Researchers have slowly found that anger can be experienced even if there is no other person to blame, by being angry at themselves. There is not enough research on understanding what self-anger entails. This paper explains a study that analyzed the relationship between other-anger and self-anger and examines how the effects of action may correlate between anger towards the self and depressed behaviors in terms of self-condemnation and other traits. The study had 169 participants, recruited from various sources. Participants were instructed to take an online survey asking questions about anger at the self and background. The measures used were Anger Disorder Scale: Short Form (ADS: S), which was modified to be self-anger items, and for this study called Self-Anger Disorders Scale (SADS), Outcome of Anger Questionnaire, Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (STAXI-2). The result of the study showed a positive correlation between SADS and various negative thought variables. A regression showed unique variance of two thought negative variables in related to SADS. A reliability test showed a high alpha coefficient of SADS. Lastly, also there was a positive significant correlation that self-anger does relate with self-condemnation and depressed behaviors. In conclusion, these findings help educate and fill the gaps of knowledge in this field because there is a lack of research on the theory of self-anger. This provides insight into how people feel, think, and act when angry at themselves.

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