Answer each of the following statements either True or False.  If you can answer true to any of these statements, your vulnerability for cardiovascular disease is increased.

  1. When driving, I get irritated at drivers who cut me off or drive too slowly.  I frequently blow my horn and try to pass them.
  2. I react with gestures, raised voice, and increased heart rate when someone does something incompetent, messy, inconsiderate, or unfair or after an irritating encounter.
  3. I think cashiers will shortchange me if they can.
  4. I feel my anger is justified.  I feel an urge to punish people – plot to get back at them.
  5. I frequently feel irritated when I stand in line or drive.
  6. I like to have the last word in an argument.
  7. In a checkout express line, if the person in front of me has more items than the limit, I get frustrated.
  8. If I see a nonhandicapped person park in a handicapped driver’s space, I feel anger inside.
  9. When I am angry, I keep things bottled-up inside, pout, and sulk.