Back then, as I commuted to work in San Francisco, they did not seem to miss: couples occupying the entire width of the escalator rather than letting room for walkers on the left. Tourists are blocking the sidewalk to take pictures. Other pedestrians snaked slowly with their cell phones. Often forced to stop or mix behind them, I simmered softly. Hello? It is rush hour. Some people actually have a place to go.
If you live or work in a crowded city, you probably can relate to it. In fact, the spread of anger towards slow walkers has received a special label from some researchers: sidewalk rage. Think of it as the pedestrian version of street rage. It can penetrate inward to rant about irrational assumptions about other pedestrians ̵
James explains that pedestrians move not only through the physical space, but also through the social space, which consists of socially acceptable and unacceptable routes. "When hikers stop suddenly, while they seem fascinated by their tiny mobile device, they violate normative pathways that force nearby pedestrians in both directions to move around them."
This is true of ours Understanding what causes anger: a violation of something that should be, "says Zlatan Krizan, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University, for example, that other pedestrians should make room for you to pass them by. The idea is that these violations will prevent you from achieving your goals, whether you arrive at the office on time or have lunch to calm your hunger.
Anger "creates a laser-like focus" that enhances your motivation to achieve these goals, says Stephanie Preston, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. "When you are in this zone, do not think about other people or why they are moving slowly" – whether they are elderly or taking a leisurely walk. "They are simply seen as obstacles to their own goal."
Those who are more likely to experience sideways anger and anger issues in general have some important commonalities. For starters, "There is a sense of entitlement and privilege that makes the person in front of them an obstacle or an inconvenience," says Darald Hanusa, senior lecturer at the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a private therapist Practice at Midwest Center for Human Services in Madison. In fact, research has shown a link between narcissism and aggression.