Essay about Road Rage

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It seems like you can't drive more than two miles today ithout encountering road rage. Some say that road rage is a national epidemic more dangerous than drunk driving. Others find it to be a perpetual but insignificant problem. Needless to say, almost everyone agrees that road rage is an actual attitude that can be observed on most American roadways.
But what is road rage? Is it some kind of medical condition? A certain habit or behavior? Or maybe it's an actual traffic accident?
Road rage has a short but interesting history. The term "road rage" first appeared in England in 1988 and gained popularity rapidly. Mentioned only about two dozen times in 1994, there was an extensive increase when the term was mentioned 400
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In addition, others have tried to classify it according to poor driving conduct such as obscene gestures and unkind words. Each of these definitions are valid interpretations of road rage's meaning
(Overberg).
Many psychologists believe road rage to be an aggressive behavior disorder.
Arnold Nerenberg, a psychologist in Whittier, California, is one of the most prevalent experts on road rage in America. Nerenberg believes that road rage is a "mental disorder and social disease," which involves evolution. He states that throughout history mankind has had a competitive spirit and tries to dominate others. Nerenberg defines road rage as " basically a maladaptive reaction to an identifiable psycho-social stressor that interferes with social functioning," or, more simply put, "one driver expressing anger at another driver ... at least twice a year." John Larson, a psychiatrist at
Yale University, believes road rage is a "vigilante behavior" and that different levels of road rage exist. Furthermore, Larson believes that road rage is caused by association with sports, saying that a road rager is an individual who is "strongly imbued with the sports model, either from high school, college or professional sports; and from identification with sports heroes who become introjected models for behavior." Make and model of a car is also a determining factor in road rage, according to Larson. People who drive a

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