Anger As a Motivating Force

Anger gives you energy to stand-up against what you hate. If you become angry with mediocrity, you will catch Exellency._”Divine-Royalty”

I wonder why almost everyone judges anger wrongly; think anger as wild, negative emotion, but anger is a mixture of motivational force and benefits. You sometimes hear people talking about using anger as a motivating force by ‘turning your anger into positive energy’. In fact, if you get the right mindset, anger itself is a kind of positive energy and a powerful motivating force. Anger can make us push on towards our goals in the face of problems and barriers. When we see something as beneficial, we want it more when we’re angry, and also we can become angry to correct what we hate when things are going bad. So, when used right, constructive anger can make you feel strong and powerful and help push you on to get what you want or put things right. It is also important to know that where you stop is where God is going to stop, not that God is weak but because you have not get angry with your mediocrity.

Researchers are amassing evidence that anger is a potent form of social communication, a logical part of people’s emotional tool kit, an appetitive force that not only moves us toward what we want but fuels optimism, creative brainstorming, and problem solving by focusing mind and mood in highly refined ways. Brain-wise, it is the polar opposite of fear, sadness, disgust, and anxiety—feelings that prompt avoidance and cause us to move away from what we deem unpleasant. When the gall rises, it propels the irate toward challenges they otherwise would flee and actions to get others to do what they, the angry, wish. “We need anger, and there are negative consequences for those without it,”

Although anger has long been considered a fully negative emotion, recent neuroscience has overturned that view. Scientists know that two basic motivational forces underlie all behaviour—the impulse to approach, or move toward something desired, and the impulse to withdraw, or move away from unpleasantness. Hardwired in the brain, these behaviours are headquartered in the frontal cortex, which acts as the executive branch of the emotions. Brain imaging and electrical studies of the brain consistently show that the left frontal lobe is crucial to establishing approach behaviour’s that push us to pursue desired goals and rewards in rational, logical, systematic, and ordered ways, and that activation of the right frontal cortex is tied to the more negative, withdrawal motivational system, marked by inhibition, timidity, and avoidance of punishment and threat.

Brain scans show that anger significantly activates the left anterior cortex, associated with positive approach behaviours. Anger, moreover, appears to be downright rewarding, even pleasurable, in studies showing predominant left-brain activation when angry subjects perceive they can make things better.

The Real Function of Anger

Nature wired us over time to get angry when others insult or exploit us. Moreover, they contend, anger was designed by natural selection to non-consciously regulate our response to personal conflicts of interest in ways that help us bargain to our advantage. In other words, anger prods the aggrieved to behave in ways that increase the weight the wrongdoer puts on her value and welfare. If the angry person is successful, it not only produces benefits (“I win!”), but also pleasure—enough to reinforce deploying anger this way repeatedly. And the purpose of the anger is to recalibrate that ratio.
Anger is likely the primary way people have of addressing

Social cost of misbehaving.
Standing up for your shirtsleeve is standing up for yourself. You don’t need to throw a punch; an angry frown or a loud, will probably recalibrate. Anger, then, can be a way of increasing the likelihood of evening out respectful relationships, even among friends—in essence, encouraging cooperation. Without anger, Sell adds, there would be no emotional environment in which to persuade, negotiate, and progress in a relatively safe way without overt war and mayhem at every frustration.

Anger—the feeling—is one thing. Fury. Fury is hardly a useful modality, but anger has positive value in our emotional lives. Here’s what that means for most of us:

Anger offers a sense of control.
If the true function of anger is to impose costs or withhold benefits from others to increase our Welfare ‘Tradeoff Ratio, it should follow that people who have enhanced abilities to inflict costs are more likely to prevail in conflicts, consider themselves entitled to better treatment, think better of themselves, and be prone to anger. In other words, they control their destinies more than less angry people do.
Psychologist Aaron Sell and co-workers found that strong men report more success resolving interpersonal conflicts in their favour than weak men.

Anger fuels optimism.
Boston College psychologist Brett Ford has found that anxiety drives people to be extremely vigilant about threats, while a state of excitement makes them hyperaware of rewards within their reach. Anger increases visual attention to rewarding information. It helps people home in on what they hope things can be, rather than on an injury. Fearful people not only have “strikingly different” assessments of the level of risk in the environment compared to angry people, their fear leads to higher perceptions of risk.

Anger enables leadership.
Dutch psychologist Gerben van Kleef has found that anger deployed by a leader gets underlings to perform well, but only if the underlings are high in their motivation to read the leader. Cheerfulness in a leader is more effective among teams with low interest in reading emotional tea leaves.

Beware of becoming a volcanic Steve Jobs, however. Eventually, the strategy of using either consistent or intermittent explosive anger becomes obvious and may be ignored or resisted. Jobs was notoriously and chronically angry, and he used that emotion to exact extraordinary performance from his most creative employees. But finally, his anger lost its impact and became so dangerous to his effectiveness that he was forced out of the company he had founded.

“If you get a bang for the buck for anger and you don’t ever get punished for it and it gets you what you want, you can lose control of the benefit and still keep at it when it’s self-destructive,” says Michael Cataldo, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins.

Anger boosts focus on the practical.
Approach motivation toward anger-related objects occurs only when people perceive they can actually get a reward, finds psychologist Henk Arts of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In the absence of such a reward context, avoidance motivation prevails. The findings suggest that our anger system is pretty fine-tuned to go after the gettable, not the impossible.

Anger is emotionally intelligent.
People who prefer to feel useful emotions (such as anger) even when they are unpleasant to experience—when confronting others, for example—“tend to be higher in emotional intelligence” than people who prefer to feel happiness, Brett Ford and Maya Tamir report. “Wanting to feel bad may be good at times and vice versa.”

Anger aids understanding of others.
In advance of an Israeli-Palestinian summit conference convened by President George W. Bush in 2007, a team of Israeli and American psychologists set out to see whether anger would have constructive effects. Experimentally inducing anger in Israelis toward Palestinians several weeks before the summit increased support for making compromises among those with low levels of hatred; Even when anger was evoked just days before the summit, it led to increased support for compromise in the same low-hatred group. Anger makes people more willing to accept risks, a major feature of leadership.

It may sound like an odd thing to say, but angry people have something in common with happy people. That’s because both tend to be more optimistic. The expression of anger, if justifiable and aimed at finding a solution rather than just venting, can actually benefit and strengthen.
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  1. Thanks Kingsley for coming up with such a precious subject .Apart from the prevalant understanding in people, anger is also a useful emotionally- triggered tool for effective social communication and desired correction of any wrong practices! Nice work,keep it up!


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