Style of anger expression: Relation to expressivity, personality, and health
NLM Title Abbreviation
Person Soc Psychol Bull
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
DOI of Published Version
Three studies explored the associations among style of anger expression, emotional expressivity, Big Five personality traits, somatic complaints, and self-reported health behaviors among undergraduate and community-residing participants. Unlike measures of emotional expressivity, which tend to be most strongly related to Extraversion, anger-in and anger-out primarily were associated with Neuroticism and Agreeableness, respectively. Anger-in was positively related to somatic complaints bat failed to predict symptoms after controlling for Neuroticism. Anger-out was positively associated with both somatic complaints and self-reported health behaviors, even after controlling for Neuroticism and Agreeableness. Measures of emotional expressivity provided further information, regarding style of anger expression. Anger-in was associated with a general tendency to be emotionally inexpressive, whereas anger-out was more specifically related to the expression of angry emotions.
Published Article/Book Citation
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25:10 (1999) pp.1196-1207. DOI:doi: 10.1177/0146167299258002.