No, You’re Not an A$$hole Anymore

You’ve achieved victim status.

To you, that angry, horn-blasting tailgater is suffering from road rage. But doctors have another name for it — intermittent explosive disorder — and a new study suggests it is far more common than they realized, affecting up to 16 million Americans.

“People think it’s bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don’t know … is that there’s a biology and cognitive science to this,” said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago’s medical school.

I, on the otherhand, will continue to believe you’re just an a$$hole stuck in the same traffic I am, but handling the frustration in an immature and ill-mannered fashion. And you need your a$$ kicked.

13 Responses to “No, You’re Not an A$$hole Anymore”

  1. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Some doctors are just looking for more business, and are cashing in on victimhood.
    People have enough problems without some scammer trying to suck more money out of them. We don’t need more scams.

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    And by “problems”, I mean not being able to deal with life maturely.

  3. Kcruella says:

    So will there be a medical term for all the idiots who yammer on their cell phones all the time too?

  4. The last thing anyone needs is more excuses. MacDonald’s made me eat it, Philip Morris made me smoke it, Budweiser made me drink it, XBox made me sit on it, MGM made me kill it, my tough parents made me eat some more, the Devil made me do it, Tinky Winky made me love purple…on and on, ad nauseum. And now another made for Law & Order excuse syndrome is added to the burgeoning B$ pile.

  5. Dave J says:

    Fucking lawyers. 😉

  6. Emily says:

    There is “biology and cognitive science” to this? WTF is remotely cognitive about blowing your temper and treating other people like crap? It’s arguable that some folks need therapy for being hotheaded, but it’s hardly a condition anyone is born with that is beyond their control.

  7. Nightfly says:

    The trackback, she don’t work. She never work. I’m feeling intermittently explosive, here… Manual ping. (And I’ve changed the title so the dead trackback probably won’t work.)

  8. Diptera, we ‘crawl on our knees begging forgiveness’ apologise. Our technical staff is busy working on the problem right now. but you know what Bingley has for lunch, so I can’t promise jack, but we appreciate the thought.

  9. Ken Summers says:

    What Dave said 😉

  10. John says:

    It’s the doctors this time, not the lawyers. If you count Psychs as doctors, which, personally, I don’t. Witch doctors, maybe…

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