Sounds rather forced to me. How about a simpler hypothesis that anger is frustration, the expression of the bad feelings coming from expectations not being fulfilled?

anger is frustration

I think according two common usage of the terms they refer to different emotions.

Anger is a state of energy. Frustration is a rather passive state.

Anger doesn't get triggered for every unfulfilled expectation. It get's triggered if things aren't as they "should" be. If you think you don't deserve what you are expecting you get frustrated upon not getting it but not angry.

2Salemicus5ySo would you get angry if a sabre-toothed tiger charged at you when you weren't expecting it? Do you get angry when a clear day gives way to rain? Do you get angry when a short story has a twist ending? Expectations not being fulfilled doesn't necessarily cause anger. It may lead to sadness, or laughter, or fear, or disappointment, or any number of emotions. But it normally only leads to anger when the frustrated expectation is about social rules.

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

by Vaniver 1 min read2nd Mar 2015235 comments


Another month, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

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