Anger Study Guide

Anger Study Guide - Psych 336 Psychology of Emotion Dr...

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Psych. 336: Psychology of Emotion Dr. Ralph B. Hupka STUDY QUESTIONS The study questions are designed to assist you in learning the material. They identify your learning objectives. Merely obtaining the answers from the textbook (or from some misguided student) is unlikely to be useful, partly because it is not an effective method for understanding concepts. To grasp the concepts, you need to apply them to your experiences, create examples to illustrate them, and to explain or to teach them to another individual. Remember, the PQRST approach (i.e., preview, create questions, read, self-recitation, and test) is the best method for reading and studying information presented in textbook form. The following study questions are merely the Q in the PQRST method. Tavris, C. (1989). Anger: The misunderstood emotion (2nd. ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. Preface to the second edition 1. What ulterior goal may anger serve at times? 2. What are four possible ways of expressing anger? Introduction: A point of view 1. Why does Tavris claim that anger is a process or transaction between the angry person and the target of the anger? 2. Why do people not always know whether they are angry? 3. What is Travris' point when she writes on p. 21, "Once emotions are reified. ..? 4. Are there different types of anger? What approach explains anger best, according to Tavris? 5. What are some of the assumptions of clinicians in the "anger business"? And what is wrong with them? Chapter 1: Rage and reason 1. How did Darwin define rage? 2. What crucial error did Darwin make? What was the consequence of this error? 3. How does human anger differ from that of other animals (or, how did Darwin commit the fallacy of the Swami's snake [p. 37]? What did Seneca and Averill say on this issue?) 4. What are the hallmarks of human anger? 5. To what did Freud apply the concept of catharsis and to what do some modern therapists apply it? 6. How did Freud define repression and sublimation, and how were these definitions broadened by the post-Freudians? 7. Would Freud agree with all aspects of today's "anger business"? 8. Why does anger persist, according to Tavris? 9. Why may the anger of an American be inappropriate in other cultures? Does this mean that Americans have different "anger genes"?
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Chapter 2: Uncivil rites - The cultural rules of anger 1. What have cultural rules and the assertion "you ought" have to do with anger? 2. As an American, what would bother you about living with a !Kung roommate? 3. Why do the !Kung behave so "oddly"? 4. What are the benefits of a "mad dance" and so on (see top of p. 57)? 5. How is inappropriate anger kept in check? 6. Why does Tavris believe that most cases of "temporary insanity" are due to social causes rather than organic ones? (i.e., what is the cause of temporary insanity?) 7. Why do we resist the idea that we can control our emotions? 8. According to Averill, which emotions do we want
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