Anger Fuels Better Decisions:
Despite its reputation as an impetus to rash behavior, anger actually seems to help people make better choices—even aiding those who are usually very poor at thinking rationally. This could be because angry people base their decisions on the cues that "really matter" rather than things that can be called irrelevant or a distraction.........
In both studies, the researchers found that the angry subjects were better at discriminating between strong and weak arguments and were more convinced by the stronger arguments. Those who were not made to feel angry tended to be equally convinced by both arguments, indicating that they were not as analytical in their assessments.
The researchers repeated the experiment a third time .............
Once again, they found that the angry subjects were better able to discriminate between strong and weak arguments than the ones who were not angry—suggesting that anger can transform even those people who are, by disposition, not very analytical into more careful thinkers.
Their findings......suggest that anger helps people focus on the cues that matter most to making a rational decision and ignore cues that are irrelevant to the task of decision-making.
Are you sick and tired of the "Angry Left" accusations? "The source of the anger of liberals, “progressives,” or radicals is by no means readily apparent. The targets of their anger have included people who are non-confrontational or even genial, such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. It is hard to think of a time when Karl Rove or Dick Cheney has even raised his voice, but they are hated like the devil incarnate."
Or, how about Peter Wood's take on "how American politics got infected with a distinctly contemporary style of anger that I call New Anger. This is the anger of show-offs and eager-to-ignite match-heads. It had been gaining ground in American culture for decades before arriving in mainstream politics. When it did arrive in politics, New Anger found homes on both the Left (e.g. Howard Dean) and Right (e.g. Ann Coulter), but the Left provided much more commodious quarters."
I am SO sick of this "pleasant" BULLSHIT and I know you guys are also. I almost punched one of my Bush loving relatives at the last family gathering. I was spouting (calmly, I thought) about the sad state our country had become since w's cabal stole the 2000 election. With a smile on their face (always) she replied: "my dear, you certainly have quite a bit of anger inside of you -- you really should try to get a hold of yourself". I replied (again, calmly I thought) --
Yes, anger and hatred are emotions that, for the most part, are a way of life. It has been festering everywhere (under the surface) forever, until it was unleashed by George W. Bush, et al, on that cold, dark day back in 2000.
".....but New Anger itself had been churning through American culture for several decades. Think of Jimi Hendrix de-constructing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his Stratocaster guitar..."
GO JIMI!! YOU ROCK!! --
I think we all know the point you were making.
See -- anger CAN be beautiful.
h/t to Mars needs guitars for the anger article.
Crossposted at BigBrassBlog