The Psychology of Road Rage and Why Asians Excel Better at Math

Our world is overrun with inconsiderate people who are in a hurry to go nowhere. If you are running that late all the time, maybe try waking up and leaving earlier. If not, quit the excuses. A bunch of bi-polar hairless apes, swerving in-and-out of traffic, honking, tailgating while flipping the bird, fuming red as you are yelling at that elderly person doing half the speed limit, as you falsely believe they can hear you. This is what I see: angry assholes who are so unhappy within their own lives that they feel it necessary to spread their hatred upon fellow drivers, to make them feel as bad or worse than they are.

This all may be reasons as to why we rage behind the wheel, but this is the foundation as to why road rage is so common: When we travel in our vehicles at high-speed rates (or even just at city speed limits), our bodies are aware we are going faster than what is humanly possible. Although our minds don’t realize how fast we are travelling, it triggers the brain’s flight or fight response. When driving, our bodies know we are going fast, and it starts the flight response in the triune brain, specifically the oldest reptilian part, known as the: amygdala.

Now, of course, the next and only other response that can be carried out is the fight response, as the flight is already in action. Out of instinct, now when that fuck head cuts you off, it’s an automatic flight reaction.

 

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Asian languages are far more advanced than most others found throughout the world. Asian people began to speak more words quicker than their North American counterparts. The average Chinese four-year-old can already count to 40, where the average American four-year-old can only count to 16.

The English language takes the average person to say a seven-number sequence seven to nine seconds. It takes the average person speaking Cantonese only three seconds to tell a seven-number series.

Asian languages allow them to speak quicker and more efficiently than other languages. The success of East Asian education systems lies in the way that math is taught in these countries.

For example, Japanese children are taught an 81-line jingle, called the Kuku, that teaches them the times table. All students learn it off by heart, quickly, even competing with each other. In adulthood, a Japanese person can recall that 7 x 7 = 49 simply because ‘seven seven forty-nine’ sounds right when sung.

In Chinese classrooms, the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ approach is favoured, where children sit in rows and are directly instructed by a teacher writing on a blackboard. Students are taught maths using rote memorization and repetition. Asians have a way shorter summer break than found here in the western world. The average school year consists of 180 days in the United States, whereas in South Korea, an average school year is 220 days; In Japan, they go to school for 243 days out of the year.

“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; Not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa. What I will do, though, is—lead a legacy.”

– Dean Mathers

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Sources:

Book: Outliers: The Story of Success

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