I am sure most of us have been there at some point. We notice a mistake one of our coworkers made, learn about a frustrating decision made by one of our elected officials, or even find out that a family member didn’t do something they promised, and we fire off an angry email to the culprit without really thinking it through.
A few weeks ago, a friend and colleague of mine wrote a really interesting blog piece for Inside Higher Ed on whether the focus on keeping children from swearing is misguided. The comments that followed her piece were the usual mix of insightful, complimentary, and argumentative.
If you were an evil genius and wanted to develop a situation that made people angry, it would look a lot like driving.
Here are four reasons why:
In the past, I’ve written that people become angry in fairly predictable circumstances. Specifically, that people become angry when they perceive something as unpleasant, unfair, blameworthy, etc. That’s prompted some questions, though, as to why some people get angry more intensely or more often than others.
Anger is a frequently misunderstood emotion. People confuse it with aggression and violence, they think of it as mostly unhealthy, and they fail to recognize the times in their lives when their anger has been positive.