Road Rage…Why Does It Keep Happening?

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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Why Does Road Rage Keep HappeningIn my last post, I suggested that road rage is a form of temporary mental insanity.

In the heat of the moment, we lose our reason and perspective and get ourselves all worked up over something that is trivial or meaningless at best.

So if I’m correct, and road rage really is unjustified and nonsensical most of the time, why does this very common reaction persist?  

Once our emotional reaction is over, and we are returned to our good senses, most of us can realize that our reaction was way over the top.  Then why don’t we self-correct?  Why don’t we learn from our past behavior and react the next time with much more compassion, forgiveness and mature understanding?

Road Rage Is Automatic

The reason why neither intelligence nor insight is sufficient to eliminate road rage, at least in the short-run, is because for people who frequently experience road rage, this reaction pattern has become automatic.  What this means is that the person’s body has become “programmed” to immediately respond with automatic feelings of anger and rage.

This automaticity is something that happens like a reflex.  It happens so fast that there is no time for conscious thought or deliberation.  Somebody cuts you off in traffic…and boom…your body just automatically reacts.  Now, not everyone’s body is programmed to react with rage, but for those whose bodies are, it’s very predictable that they will instantly react with this very common pattern of strong angry feelings.

Automaticity Is Not An Excuse

Now, I’m not suggesting that people who frequently experience road rage have no choice in the matter.  They absolutely do.  But once this pattern becomes established within them, they may not have much choice in how their bodies  automatically react.  If they’ve habitually reacted with road rage in the past, it’s very likely their bodies will continue to do so for years to come.

Having said that, however, every person—and I mean every single human being who is not severely mentally impaired—has the ability to rise above their automatic programming.  We all have the ability to choose what we are going to do, in response to any automatic pattern that becomes triggered in our body.  You may have a very strong impulse to take out a gun and shoot someone, but whether you actually do it or not…this is totally up to you.

So while road rage is a common, automatic response for many adults living in America today, there is nothing that says we have to continue pursuing this line thinking and this line of behavior, once we recognize that our bodies have become so activated.

We can choose to not honk our horn.  We can choose to not flip someone “the bird.” We can choose to not speed up and pursue.  And we can choose to not get out of our car or respond either verbally or physically, should some other enraged (i.e. temporarily insane) person encourage us to do so.

Choosing The Road Less Traveled

The more we practice going against our body’s automatic tendencies, the better we will get at it, and the less of a dominating hold this automatic tendency will have over us, as time goes on.  This principle not only applies to road rage, but it also applies to other forms of automaticity as well, including all of our automatic thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviors.

In my third and final post this week on the topic of road rage, I’ll take a deeper look at what we can do about this very common automatic tendency…and why it can be hard for some people to do anything at all about it.

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