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Sidewalk rage: Walking with a vengeance

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Road rage is a familiar phenomenon in our culture, with drivers flipping the bird or simply flipping out over perceived offenses crowding the highways, but did you know there’s a growing body of work on the problem of perturbed pedestrians as well?

If you experience any of these symptoms while negotiating the city streets, you, too, might suffer from what has been termed “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome”:

1. Have denigrating thoughts about other pedestrians.

2. Act in a hostile manner (staring, presenting a mean face, moving faster or closer than expected).

3. Fail to yield to another pedestrian when it’s the polite thing to do.

4. Walk by a slower moving pedestrian and cut back too soon.

5. Mutter at other pedestrians.

Yep, guilty as charged.

Full story at NPR.

Sidewalk psychology.

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