WSomeone who is constantly annoyed by politicians, raises his voice in business meetings, and bangs the steering wheel while driving is considered primitive and unreliable. The president is believed to maintain a calm mind. But keeping your cool is overrated As a recent study showed.
Because anger can help you achieve your goals, at least in politics and when solving puzzles. This is suggested not only by Donald Trump’s presidency, but also by the experiments of psychologists and neuroscientists at Texas A&M University.
Depending on the experiment, about 200 to 300 students were initially bothered by “visual stimuli,” such as insults directed at the university’s football team. They were then asked to solve an anagram puzzle, for example. Compared to students who had previously been shown sad, neutral, or funny pictures, the angry students completed significantly more puzzles in the allotted time.
In a computer skateboarding game, they raced over a digital jump with greater skill than their fellow players. Any angry person does not necessarily act like a monster like the Hulk. In another experiment, angry participants cheated more often, which is good for winning.
And actually, this makes sense too: the purpose of emotions is to be able to interact with the environment. Anger is a warning signal that something is wrong – and that you are threatened or disadvantaged. It makes the body alert, activates the senses, and provides the energy needed to solve the problem.
A survey conducted by researchers that included about 1,000 and 500 people about the presidential elections of 2016 and 2020 showed that those who were angry with politics were more likely to vote. This applies to both opponents and supporters of Trump. Whether anger is good or bad depends on what you do with it.
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