This paper will examine Robert C. Solomon's Emotions and Choices article, to best identify what anger is, and to what extent a rational human being is responsible for their anger. Firstly, Solomon's argument must be described. A quick summation of Solomon's argument can be found in the following four points:
Human emotions can be considered a blessing. They enable people to show empathy and kindness to others; to comfort or help someone that needs it. To be human means to have emotions. However, it is important that people have control over their emotions. This is especially true with strong emotions
I believe that anger can be used as a force for positive change but it also sometimes cannot be so positive. First, I think anger can be used for a positive change because if you are angry about something you have anger towards something you want to change and you have a good reason to be mad. For example, if you are fighting for women’s rights (which Nellie is) you have to be mad about what is going on, you cannot just say “women’s right are not fair”. You have to be mad, and use it for a positive change by saying something like “women’s right are not fair at all, and I, being a woman myself, it is very very frustrating what is going on”. Also, using anger for a positive change can sometimes turn bad, to explain further, if you believe in
First, anger comes from being undervalued. Expressing anger can show others that angry people believe that they are underestimate. In other words, this could let the rest of individuals think twice about angry people’s ability, which means showing anger can change others opinions about undervaluing people. Having a second chance to display the ability that are ignored at first will help people in the negotiation. Second, expressing anger can let others fear you in negotiation. Recent research in negotiations (Van Kleef et al., 2003) has shown that expressing one’s anger can make rivals to feel fear and make larger concessions. What more, showing anger can also prevent oneself from being duped. Third, those who expressing anger are seen as higher in social status, because people are afraid of those who are powerful or who do well in the field where normal individuals are not good at. People can demonstrate a higher value by showing angry in the appropriate occasion. That makes sense because it is rare to see the normal people to show their anger to authority or powerful person compared with feeling fear of them. In sum, expressing anger can let people revalued, make concessions for those rivals who feel the fear, and display a higher social status. There is no doubt that showing one’s anger can benefit people in the
That situation is something that is undesirable, therefore the anger is a reaction in hopes of stopping the situation from occurring and/or bring about change; this type of anger is associated with approach motivation. Anger, in general, is also classified as a negative valence which was originally attributed to withdrawal motivation. However, this emotion is more aggressive in its nature, allowing it be classified as an approach mechanism exhibited by increased left frontal activity. However, even the specific amount of left frontal activity can be affected by external sources and factors. In terms of social standing and power, those who hold a higher social standing tend to exhibit more anger and left frontal activity because their nature is to be outspoken and outright. On the other hand, those with low social activity are seen to be more withdrawn and cautious, which decreases their left frontal activity and arguably their approach motivation. When subjects are put into anger-inducing situations where they can bring about change and where they cannot, those who believe they can make a change express more activity in their left frontal cortex. This is also linked with their approach motivation due to the fact that if they believe they can make a difference and do away with the situation causing them anger, they will experience more approach. While
Each of us has a concept of anger as an emotional state, not as a behaviourist state, so it seems to make sense that anger is not purely a behaviourist state, but is most definitely also what we feel it to be, and how we experience it. Behaviourism also seems to confuse what identifies mentality with what mentality actually is, for example Litmus paper identifies acids from alkalis, but is not the difference between them, in the same way that certain behaviour can identify certain ways we must feel, but is not the be all and end all of who we are.
expression of anger is "only a clue" that there are some underlying issues that we need to explore and resolve. I ask myself, "How will I be able to address and disarm their anger successfully?
Anger is a normal emotion with a wide range of intensity, from mild irritation and frustration to rage. It is a reaction to a perceived threat to us, or some part of our identity. Anger motivates powerful and aggressive feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and defend ourselves when we are attacked. Anger is a warning bell that tells us that something is wrong. Anger is a vitally important evolutionary gift and without it we are perpetual victims. Anger can be a good thing, it allows expressing negative feelings. Anger protects humans from sitting and boiling inside body and mind. It stops the rise of many physical illnesses and mental distress. Expressing the feeling of Anger indicates human’s surviving and existence. This feeling
People often behave differently when their anger has been evoked, which can be quite negative in particular circumstances. A quick decision made during a fit of rage can have an enduring impact on your life, and its' often not a good one.
Expected Consequences of Anger-Related Behaviours has been investigated by far not scientifically proven. Though the evidence happen to be comprehensible. The statement of the behaviors outcome is expectancy, in which a person's belief that a particular behavior will result in a specific type of outcome.
Casey came to me for services regarding her relationship and the anger that she demonstrates towards her partner. Ever since she told her parents about her relationship with a person of the same sex, they distanced themselves from her because she felt that they could not longer relate to her. She has been feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and has resorted to drinking to mellow out. She no longer enjoyed thinks that she used to love and always felt as if she was stressed.
Understanding Anger Anger has been referred to as a secondary emotion, however should not be treated as such. Although, anger usually follows other emotions it can have a negative impact. But when understood and channeled correctly it could be very beneficial. A common response to anger can be to act out or suppress it. Because anger can be self-destructive and motivational, young adolescence should be educated on some of its many facets.
Anger is perhaps not well understood because it is omnipresent; anger is so familiar that we assume we know what it is. Anger may be partly physiological, cognitive and psychological, yet it is also deeply ideological. Anger can be manifested in art or literature as a communal sensation towards social, political or economical conditions. (Sue J. 6)
This theory has played a significant role in helping mankind in the formation of social movements especially within contemporary society. It is imperative to note that Social movements are organized and sustained collective efforts that focus on some aspect of social change, and tend to persist over time in a more aggressive way compared to other forms of collective behaviour. Social movements may include actions that protect environments, defend the rights of the minority or promote social justice. The frustration- aggression theory argues that social movements are formed when frustration results in collective aggressive behaviour.
Anger is an intense, strong and emotional reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others; and it is characterized by extreme hostility, indignation, rage, disturbance, violence and the expression of frustration. Anger in literature is a form of interaction that reveals important awareness of the obstacles that oppressed people face (Kim 16).