Results: Angry Cognitions Scale (ACS)

The Angry Cognitions Scale (ACS) yields six scores:

  • Overgeneralizing (Ov),
  • Catastrophic Evaluating (CE),
  • Inflammatory Labeling (IL),
  • Misattributing Causation (MC),
  • Demandingness (De), and a
  • measure of Adaptive Thoughts (AT)

Take the ACS and other surveys here:

Score Comparisons (overall)

Range9 – 459 – 459 – 459 – 459 – 459 – 45
90th Percentile35.0034.7036.0027.0037.0039.00
95th Percentile38.0037.0039.0030.0039.0041.00
99th Percentile41.0041.0043.2735.0043.0045.00

High scores for Overgeneralizing (Ov) reflect a tendency to code events broadly when assessing time (e.g., always, never) and people (e.g., everybody, nobody, cruel, useless).

High scores for Catastrophic Evaluating (CE) reflect a tendency to appraise events as highly negative, potentially debilitating, and impossible to cope with (e.g., This is awful, What a disaster).  

High scores for Inflammatory Labeling (IL) reflect a tendency to categorize situations in highly negative ways, often using offensive language and highly emotional terms.

High scores for Misattributing Causation (MC) reflect a tendency to jump to negative conclusions while ignoring the possibility of other interpretations.

High scores for Demandingness (De) reflect a tendency to place one’s own needs and desires above those of others, elevating one’s wishes into dictates over others.

High scores for Adaptive Thoughts (AT) reflect a tendency to process potentially angering events in ways that won’t lead one to experience great anger.

More Comparisons (interactive)

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