Free-floating Hostility and Type A Behavior

Ancient Christian Wisdom

In a letter to the Abbess Felicitas, Blessed Augustine once wrote, “For as vinegar corrodes a vessel if it remain long in it, so anger corrodes the heart if it is cherished till the next day” (Letter 210). Although the Saint was speaking metaphorically, it turns out that his words can be taken quite literally as well. Free-floating hostility is an empirically identified character trait in the Type A behavior pattern leading to heart disease. It is also intertwined with the topic of the last blog post concerning time urgency. In their work, “Empirical Basis for Cardiac Psychology”, authors Robert Allan and Stephen Scheidt note that the “two major symptoms of TABP are time urgency and free-floating hostility.” This brings to mind Saint John Chrysostom’s remark that “as time passes, the tension of anger relaxes” (Homily on those who had not attended the assembly), which could be translated…

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About Joel

Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

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