Damien on… Road Rage And Work-Related Stress Nervous Breakdowns – A Correlation?
Road Rage is generally thought to be committed by people with issues – damaged people – you know – arseholes.
And this is probably largely true.
However, there is another phenomenon which may be at least PARTIALLY responsible – work-related stress nervous breakdowns.
WAY down this column is a piece on the subject (https://damienatloppers.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/damien-on-how-to-avoid-a-work-related-stress-nervous-breakdown/) in which this writer describes a scenario where an office worker who has been doing their job for a decade one day spills their coffee – then goes POSTAL.
But supposing that worker were a sales rep, area manager, surveyor, service engineer – or any one of a VAST number of occupations where they spend half their working day on the road?
This reporter used to BE a service engineer and can report that fixing machines (even difficult ones – he enjoyed a challenge) is a breeze, compared with the arduous task of DRIVING from gig to gig.
Thus if he had not walked AWAY before his W-RSNB, the chances are far more likely he would have had it while behind the WHEEL – than while fiddling around with wires and components.
The maniacal exploits of some road rage arseholes would seem to bear this theory out. However, it is impossible to PROVE, since said arseholes – if they end up in court – would rather take their lumps, than go through a psych evaluation.
So how many of them were having a MELTDOWN at the time of their offence will likely never be known.
But it HAS to be some; so the next time YOU are motoring – try not to piss anyone OFF!