This is kinda absorbed and self-indulgent, but bear with me. I’m genuinely curious.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been visibly mad at anyone, or anything. There have been very few occasions where I’ve actually shouted in anger at anyone (at least, not since I was an sullen teenager). I seldom raise my voice, except out of excitement or for emphasis. I can’t imagine absolutely losing it at someone in public (or private).
Of course, I become displeased at people or situations all the time, but I don’t feel the urge to make my displeasure known by shouting or making threats. I’m regularly disappointed by people, but when I’m disappointed or upset I make plans instead of getting angry.
Lest you think I’m some kind kinda overly-logical-repressed-person-who’s bound-to-explode-in-a-shower-of-hidden-rage-some-day – I’m not! I don’t hide my anger; I plain just don’t feel angry to begin with.
I also don’t feel sad or upset. A few things make me slightly blue, but in recent years nothing affects me for too long. I typically “get over” things practically before they happened. I move on and heal almost too quickly.
OTOH, I’m not entirely free of emotion. I feel outrageously happy a lot of the time – even stupid little things like watching strangers laughing or old people gossiping makes me grin like an absolute idiot. I get emotional watching chick flicks or kid’s movies (as an example: I had to pretend to be sleeping while watching “Finding Nemo” on a plane because it was making me feel all weepy. :o) I “get” happy; I “get” affection; I “get” love; I “get” sexual attraction.
I don’t get angry or depressed.
So how common is this? Why do some people seem to have hair-trigger for getting angry, while others remain beatific? Do YOU get mad? Do you lose your temper? Are you happy? Are you sad? What range or emotions do YOU feel?