Do you ever get road rage when you're behind the wheel? New research has developed a theory of why even people who seem relaxed and calm during their everyday interactions, can display what seems like extreme and irrational anger when they're in their cars.
It all comes down to the idea that when we are in our cars, we feel like we're in our own private space, behind 'closed doors'. There is a separation between us and the person we are getting angry at. This may mean that it feels like the usual social norms don't apply! The person is likely a complete stranger to you, so it may feel like there's less consequences to your angry actions. The separation also means we can't fully 'read' the intentions behind people's behaviour, and we may take things personally that weren't intended that way.
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