By Carlos Gamino, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer
Road rage has been a big deal for quite some time—it puts drivers everywhere at risk. Studies seem to show that it’s on the rise, too. But it seems like that rage is spilling over into the rest of our interactions; it has to do with more than traffic.
The Worst Salon Experience… Ever
A Connecticut man faces criminal charges resulting from his reaction to a bad haircut. Apparently unhappy with his new ‘do, he became angry and threw a few items around a Stamford salon. He was further enraged when he learned his new look would cost him $50.
The man reportedly became hostile toward staff and customers and kicked a hole in the wall before storming out of the building. He later returned, demanding the offending haircut be “fixed.” The salon politely refused his further patronage.
Of course, it’s almost certain that a bad haircut wasn’t the only factor leading to this uncontrolled outburst. Who knows what bad news or difficult situations were weighing on his mind that day? Maybe the haircut was for a special occasion or a job interview.
The point is that this man turned an unflattering haircut into a lousy mug shot. He let his anger get the better of him. Rather than address his complaint with the salon, he allowed himself to lose control. Now he may require a criminal defense lawyer in addition to a new hairdresser.
Courtesy—Less Common Every Day?
So what’s the problem? University of Arkansas psychology professor Jeffrey Lohr says that the more you get angry, the angrier you get.
Lohr says repression is bad, but tells NPR that the key is to “speak out your anger without getting emotional about it.”
Certainly people are facing their own emotional battles, but are we allowing ourselves to become this angry as a whole? It seems like it’s all too easy to let anger take over, and that can lead to trouble.
Just ask the guy with the bad haircut who left the salon in handcuffs.
What do you think? Are we becoming an enraged society? Share your thoughts on my Facebook page—I’d love to hear what you think.