Are You a Supernova or a Black Hole When You're Mad?

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Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Humans have been fascinated by the stars since the first time we looked up at night. Look at them for a moment and they appear to twinkle, remaining stationary. Look up again several hours later, though, and you will see the stars have moved. Ancient people wondered how this was possible. They ascribed all manner of characteristics to the heavenly bodies. Some, they thought, were the souls of ancient heroes, others were gods or monsters. Some described the will of gods, and others were signs and omens. Of this last group, several movements in the sky were noted – among them, supernovas.

Supernovas are the explosions of stars. When a star dies in this way, it collapses until it explodes, suddenly and violently, creating the perfect environment for the creation of new stars and planets. Some elements we have on Earth could only come into existence in the heart of a supernova. Supernovas are entertaining to watch, bright and beautiful.

Black holes, on the other hand, are a modern discovery. Einstein built on the ideas of Pierre-Simon Laplace, theorizing the existence of black holes in 1915. Since Cygnus X-1 was theorized as a black hole in the 1970s, people have been fascinated with these strange ex-stars. Black holes destroy, but, unlike supernovas, they implode, consuming all matter and radiation, even light. The escape velocity of a black hole (the speed needed to escape its gravitational pull) is greater than even the speed of light.

When you get mad, which way does your rage cut? Are you a black hole or a supernova? Skip your anger management book and take this quiz to find out!

Who sets you off at work?

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How much do you enjoy being mad?

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How would you react if you dropped your phone, breaking its screen?

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How do you respond when you discover an unpleasant medical fact?

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When anger first hits you, where do you feel it?

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How long does anger stay with you?

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Have you ever been diagnosed with a clinical anger problem?

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How do you typically express anger when you're on your own, at home?

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How do you usually vent your rage when you're at work and constrained by the rules of the workplace?

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What is your reaction when you drive home and find that someone has parked in your driveway?

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How likely are you to take out your anger on a subordinate?

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Do you know when your rage is apparent to others?

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When you are seething with anger, how does it affect your work?

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What would you do if you returned home to find your dog walker had failed in their duties, and your dog had made a mess in your home?

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Are you more or less likely to talk to a stranger when you are mad?

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When you are mad about something that happened in your workplace, how does that express itself at home?

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If you got mad enough to lash out at an inanimate object, what would you do if a plate came to hand?

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What do you do when you get home at the end of a long, hard day at work and realize you're locked out?

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What productive thing, if anything, does your anger produce?

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What physical symptoms does anger cause in your body?

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How do people react when you are visibly angry?

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What happens to you when your computer crashes, losing large amounts of your work, forever?

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Given time off from the thing that makes you angry, how do you deal with your rage?

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What would you turn to in order to calm down?

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Who do you turn to in your life to calm you down when you get mad?

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What job activities become difficult when you get mad?

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What normally enjoyable activities lose their luster when the red mist descends?

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How does anger affect your overall job performance?

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How often do you get very angry?

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What are the odds that when you get mad, you'll lash out at your boss?

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