Free-Floating Anger

Stephen Arterburn

Men who are angry without knowing why express their anger in unhealthy and destructive ways. This type of anger is called free-floating anger, because there’s not an obvious cause. This leaves the angry person unable to constructively express his anger because he can’t identify its cause, and for this reason it’s unpredictable. Neither the man nor his loved ones are quite sure why or what sets him off. They only know that sooner or later it’s going to flash. Author Karl Bednarik says this about free-floating anger: “This is inarticulate anger because it does not even know what it wants, and when it reaches the point of action, the action directs itself at random targets, comes to light in mysterious acts of violence, outbursts of blind rage, incoherent criticism, aimless resentment, dreary grumbling, or else in apathetic, helpless, sulky resignation…And this explosion usually—in fact, nearly always—involves innocent people.” 

This isn’t the anger seen in Jesus as He cleared the Temple. That rose from a specific stimulus and its point of action resulted in a strong but appropriate response.

 If you struggle with free-floating anger you must identify its source in order to heal. Please let me, or some other biblical counselor help you.