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or early mental disease, they become more prominent and uncontrolled. This cannot be overemphasized.
When a man (or woman) finds himself continually getting apprehensive and irritable, then it is the time to ask,
"What's the matter with me," and to get expert opinion on the subject.
These two emotions are in more need of rationalizing and intelligent control than the other emotions, for they
are more explosive. Certainly of anger it is truly said that "He who is master of himself is greater than he who
taketh a city." The angry man is disliked, he arouses unpleasant feelings, he is unpopular and a nuisance and a
danger in the view of his fellows. The underlying idea underneath courtesy and social regulations is to avoid
anger and humiliation. Controversial subjects are avoided, and one must not brag or display concern because
these things cause anger and disgust. Politeness and tact are essential to turn away wrath, to avoid that ego
injury that brings anger.
We contrast with the brusque type, careless of whether he arouses anger, the tactful, which conciliates by
avoiding prejudice, and which hates force and anger as unpleasant. Against the quick to anger there is the
slow type, whose anger may be enduring. We may contrast egoistic anger with the altruistic and oppose the
anger which is effective with the anger that disturbs reason and judgment; intellectual anger against brute
anger. Rarely do men show anger to their superiors; extreme provocation and desperation are necessary. Men
flare up easily against equals but more easily and with mingled contempt against the inferior. Anger, though
behind the fighting spirit, need not bluster or storm; usually that is a "worked up" condition intended in a
naive way to frighten and intimidate, or through disgust, to win a point. Anger is not necessarily courage,
which replaces it the higher up one goes in culture.
8. Disgust, also a primary emotion, is one of the basic reactions of life and ci...
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- Spring '11