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Unformatted text preview: e up." Before I knew it, the fear had gone and I was fighting him with such fierceness and fury that
in amazement he ran away. So a rat, cornered, becomes fierce and blood-thirsty and there is always the
danger, in the use of fear as a weapon, that it become changed quite readily into the fighting spirit.
7. Anger is a primitive reaction and is the backbone of the fighting spirit. It tends to displace fear, though it
may be combined with it, in one of the most unhappy --because helpless--mental states. Anger in its
commonest form is a violent energizer and in the stiffened muscles, the set jaw, bared teeth, and the
forward-thrust head and arms one sees the animal prepared to fight. Anger is aroused at any obstruction, any
threat or injury, from physical violences to the so-called "slight." In fact, it is the intent of the opponent as
understood that makes up the stimulus to anger in the human being. We forgive a blow if it is accidental, but
even a touch, if in malice or in contempt, arouses a fierce reaction.
We call becoming angry too readily "losing the temper," and there is a type known as the irascible in whom
anger is the readiest emotion. The bluff English squire, the man in authority, is this type, and his anger lasts.
In its lesser form anger becomes irritability, a reaction common to the neurotic and the weak. When anger is
not frank, but manifests itself by a lowered brow and sidelong look, we speak of sullenness or surliness. The
sullen or surly person, chronically ill-tempered and hostile, is regarded as unsocial and dangerous, whereas the
most lovable persons are quick to anger and quick to repent.
As a man's anger, so is he. There are some whose anger is always a reaction against interference with their
comfort, their dignity, their property and their will; it never by any chance is aroused by the wrongs of others.
Usually, however, these folk camouflage their motive. "It's the principle of the thing I object to," is its
commonest social disguise, which sometimes successfully hides the real motive from...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11