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Have you ever, as a grown adult, felt so angry with someone that you have physically assaulted him/her?

Asked by flutherother (34514points) August 19th, 2010

It is kind of surprising in a way when you look at the millions of people surging through our city streets, stepping (accidentally) on each others toes and often getting in each other’s way that seeing someone punched is an incredibly rare event. We are human however and it does happen, so come on spill the beans…..

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I came close recently. I have to be completely honest. But the person at risk truly did (what I can only imagine to be) one of the most heinous things I have ever witnessed. Thankfully I was talked out of my rage by some people in a more rational state of mind, but the temptation is still there.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Haven’t punched anyone in a long time. I think the last time was sixth grade.

muppetish's avatar

No, nor did I feel so angry as a teenager or child that I physically assaulted someone. I’m not one for labels, but I have identified as a pacifist for a greater portion of my life. When I am at my angriest, I am far more inclined to burst into tears than anything else.

downtide's avatar

I’ve never attacked a person. However did once manage to break my own front door in a fit of rage.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I caught some kids one 4th of July throwing strings of lit firscrackers into the kennel where our 5 dogs were. I was so enraged I went after them with a 2 by 4; they got away, thank god, I was out of my mind and probably would have done serious damage.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth I’d call that justifiable and wouldn’t vote to convict you on the jury.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Yeah, but an angry 25 year old with a weapon against a couple of 8 yr olds… I bet they had to change their pants when they got home and never did anything like that again! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

NaturallyMe's avatar

When i was in high school an ex-friend told me to f*** off and i slapped her in the face and tugged her around by her school bag on her back until it came off and then i threw it down the corridor.

A couple years ago me and SO were having an argument and i got so mad that i aimed to punch him in the face (not with the intent to actually punch him, it was more like a wild gesture in his direction in anger) but came really close and missed by about a millimeter.

Those were the only 2 cases in my life. I’m not a violent person at all. Nobody ever got hurt.

mowens's avatar

Yes. It is referred to simply as “the incident.”

Austinlad's avatar

I slap my own forehead daily.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I came really close once about 9 years ago. Someone really close to me called me and told me that her boyfriend had hurt her (she had to go get checked for a head injury). He was already not one of my favorite people and this was a person that I felt very protective over. I got in my car, drove way too fast and got to her house within an hour (normally it was a 2 hour drive). I got out of my car, baseball bat in hand, and went into the house to find him (I had a key). I had my then fiance with me and he got in between me and this guy. He was trying to talk me out of it, but I wasn’t listening (he hadn’t known what was going on). Then he told me not to do it because I was pregnant. That was the only reason I stopped. In my anger, I had not thought about the risk to my baby. I was just furious that this guy dared lay a hand on this person. We helped him get his stuff out (threw it out on the front yard) and he was gone before I left that night.

Blondesjon's avatar

I know that I often become enraged with my penis and beat him mercilessly.

i’m taking anger management/chronic masturbation courses to try and curb this behavior.

perspicacious's avatar

No, I’ve never assaulted someone’s person. I was so angry once I beat on someone’s car yelling for them to stop. That was after they caused what I perceived to be a near fatal accident by backing down the expressway. They didn’t stop.

Aster's avatar

Uh, not since out of the teenage years. which equate to quite a few years, actually…

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Not in the last 50 years. I do get furious and I do try to make sure evildoers are properly rewarded.

JONESGH's avatar

The last time I hit someone was about 4 months ago, I’m not a grown adult but 18 is close enough. One of my close girl friends was in an abusive relationship and the guy had the nerve to hit her around me, so I took him down pretty hard, and I’m kind of scrawny so it was a big deal for me.

woodcutter's avatar

can’t say I have ever. That’s big time trouble for ya.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yes and I’m a bit ashamed of it. I had an ex bf who cheated on me and I drove to a club he was dancing at, dragged him outside and kicked and punched him all over the parking lot. Another bf disgusted me so badly by some online stuff he was looking at while neglecting me that I punched him in the leg one day while we were in bed and started griping at each other.

Nullo's avatar

I stabbed someone with a vacuum cleaner attachment once, though he had it coming – I still believe that it was, in fact, the best possible solution to the problem. I have, in times of great stress, been known to swing at people and deliberately miss – a compromise between what I want to do and what I ought to do.

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