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Road rage, as a psychological phenomenon, has gained increasing attention in contemporary research. Psychological research has been conducted supporting different definitions and degrees of road rage. As a result, different treatment strategies for intervention and prevention of road rage have emerged. The dimensions of road rage can differ across situational, environmental and personological domains. Treatments demonstrating the psychodynamic approach to psychology, include plans of cognitive behavioural therapy and psychoanalysis. Whereas, treatment procedures representative of the humanist perspective offer an individual ‘goal oriented’ approach to psychological intervention, adopting the use of empathy to understand an individual and the influence of road rage incidents on a person’s sense of self. The degree, severity, life consequences and existence of external anger cues, need to be assessed for individuals when formulating a treatment plan. It is important understand the differences between approaches and the effects of each treatment, to determine the most appropriate form of intervention, for a person worried about frequent bouts of road rage.

Galovski and Blanchard (2004) examined contemporary psychological research relating to the phenomena of road rage, including the applied definitions of aggressive driving, in order to evaluate the history, magnitude, and significance of ‘‘road rage.’’ Consideration was given to the type of individual demonstrating aggressive driving behaviour. Demographic, psychological, and psychiatric factors were also examined in studies to determine a profile of the ‘‘aggressive driver.’’ Galovski and Blanchard (2004) also discovered that a multitude of expressions, practices and manifestati...

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