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anger leads to more rational decision making

Imagine you’re in a room with four people, one is lip-snarling angry, the others are calm. Who among them would you consider the most likely to think rationally?

Surprisingly, new studies indicate that when people are angry, they are more willing to consider and review information that runs contrary to their own biases, and more willing as a result to modify their original positions. I’d have figured angry people were more close minded, but not so. However, the study doesn’t seem to measure degrees of anger. I’d want to know whether there is a point where rage closes the mind down. Personal experience would say it does. Full story at the link above.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

4 thoughts on “anger leads to more rational decision making

  1. I haven’t read the article yet, although I will, but I have to say I don’t find this at all surprising. I’ve always thought anger the very best tool a woman has to manage a good life.

    1. I can be clear or unclear when I’m angry–it depends on what stage of anger I’m at, whether it needs to be run off physically or verbally or if it’s at the calm and articulate stage.

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