My irritability is always present, but when I am particularly irritable, there is nothing anyone can say or do that will do anything but grate on me. It does not matter what the relationship is between us. I don’t want to hear anything. I don’t want to do anything with anyone. When I am in a highly irritable state, I merely want quiet and self-imposed peace.
The irritable psychopath is not a pleasant person. Our poor behavioral control means that we can detonate with the simplest of mishandling and often there may be no good way to engage us if we are irritable. Personally, I can never tell what sets me off, but I can recognize the fire in my eyes when I am such. When I am irascible, you best leave me alone. Something as simple as locking eyes could make you my enemy.
There seems to be no rhyme nor reason as to why some things set me off. Something as minor as inconvenient news may have me plotting your total destruction. Something as major as slamming into my vehicle and driving off? Not so much. I wouldn’t say that irritability is a constant state, either. However, some things cause us to enter that state, and once we are in it, it is best to handle with care or stay as far away as possible. Like nitroglycerin, the irritable psychopath is ready to blow if mishandled.