16. Jan, 2021

Anger ~ A Kind Of Madness

QUESTION of the Week: How does arrogance and anger interplay?

Anger may be defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility and is one trait of projected arrogance (see last weeks BLOG).

Anger dramatically weakens respect in the perpetrator and their perceived ability to make effective decisions. It manifests when someone is severely over-tired (no time to respond), has no argument (no knowledge to respond), and can only disagree, disagreeably.

Anger at the very least, makes someone appear to be unwilling, or more likely unable to communicate in a way that unites, edifies and contributes to a mutually beneficial outcome.

In a 2013 study Cognitive Psychologist Michael Greenstein of Framingham State University, Massachusetts noted that angry people are more susceptible to misinformation, and more likely to use false information to guide their decision-making and actions.

This study also revealed that information and confidence, traditionally in harmony, conflicted in angry people. As angry people feed more and more on misinformation, they become more confident in their misunderstanding.

Angry people confuse a heightened state of emotion for a heightened state of reason, problem solving and abstract thinking. They believe themselves to be alert, aware, firing on all cylinders, but act as if they were drunk.

Greenstein implied that anger-inhibited people are more at risk than the alcohol-inhibited. Whilst alcohol impairs memory, anger creates false memories. “A constellation of risks”, is how Greenstein refers to the implications of anger. Ignore these risks at the peril of relationships.

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