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Junior Taamas
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Most people do not enjoy angry moments.

They are usually connected to something
bad, like a parking ticket or an argument.
But this negative emotion enthralls
researchers, who track it in dreams and

Anger also has weird side effects, like
delusions of intelligence and the slow death
of punctuation marks. Then there are the
atheists with God rage, anger clubs with
protective gear, and the one word that could
kill a lot of negativity before it even begins.

10. Dogs And Human Rage

Dogs seem to read human emotions much
better than we do theirs. To the chagrin of
most canine cuddlers, researchers recently
discovered that hugging a dog can cause the
animal immense stress.

In a 2016 study involving several dogs,
pointing fingers and expressive voices also
revealed what happens when the animals are
faced with an upset human. The dogs’ trust
tanked on the spot.

In one experiment, a person pointed at a
spot and used a friendly or excited voice.
Even though the spot was unfamiliar, the
dogs trusted the human enough to go over
and investigate the area.
In the second experiment, the person also
pointed but used an angry tone. Although all
the dogs investigated the spot, they hesitated
to do so. In fact, there was a significant
delay. It would appear that dogs read vocal
and emotional cues before deciding when to
trust a human.

9. Culturally Calm Parents

Many parents can vouch for the fact that
children can provoke anger. Toddlers are
demanding, and teenagers come with their
own set of rules. While shouting often
occurs in Western households, such anger
has no place in parenting elsewhere.
Remarkably, Arctic Inuit communities view a
parent shouting at a child as demeaning to
the adult. This is a far cry from the
righteous stance it displays in the West.
While psychologists are increasingly aware
that the near-total control Western parents
try to keep over their children’s lives are
producing angry families, the Inuit raise
their kids with serene techniques.

This results in calmer kids and a coolheaded
culture, something that seems to have died
in the West under the weight of flammable
politics, social media rants, and strangers
yelling over the same parking space. The
Inuit are not alone. Many other cultures
raise their offspring in productive ways that
may seem alien to angrier societies.

For example, the Japanese are less likely to
express rage. Often when their kids argue,
adults do not come down on them like a ton
of bricks. Instead, children are allowed to
sort out the situation themselves and learn
early how to deal with others.

8. Angry Intelligence Is Dumb

Rage affects people in a peculiar way—they
overestimate their own intelligence. After a
“grrr” moment decision, this could be why
one might think, “Why on Earth did I think
that was a good idea?”
In 2018, a study tried to better understand
this peculiar phenomenon. Researchers
gathered 520 undergraduates in Warsaw.
They were questioned on the quickness and
frequency of their anger and given
intelligence tests.

As anger is a complex and transient emotion,
the study could not throw light on every
aspect. It remains unknown whether
normally mild people only overestimate their
smarts in the heat of the moment.

However, the results showed that anger was
unrelated to intelligence levels. Students of
all levels who shared a quick temper
overestimated their brain power. On the
contrary, those with anxious personalities
underestimated their own cognitive

One thing that the study made clear was
unsurprising: Narcissism was key to people
who believed they were smarter than
everybody else.

7. Angry Dreams

There is a very technical-sounding phrase
called “frontal alpha asymmetry.” In plain
English, these brain waves dance in the
frontal lobes and become mismatched during
anger. Scientists were curious to see if the
waves, called alpha, went out of sync during
bad-tempered dreams .

In 2019, volunteers snoozed in a laboratory
wearing electrode caps to measure their
brain activity. Throughout the night, after
experiencing the dream-inducing REM stage,
they were awakened and questioned about
any dreams and emotions they had
Interestingly, alpha waves did scramble
during angry dreams. The study also found
that experiencing crabby feelings before
going to bed could induce such dreams.

Speaking of both worlds, scientists
discovered that people with more alpha
activity in the right frontal lobe were more
prone to anger while awake and asleep.

6. Religious Rage

In 2011, five studies merged and produced
fascinating results about anger toward the
Almighty. The feeling appeared to be
prevalent among Americans, representing 62
percent of the population. The percentage
did not denote a collective permanence but
rather how many people experienced holy
disappointment sometimes.
People with higher educations, women, and
youth were slightly more likely to experience
God anger. Racially, more white people
reported their grudges than black people.
Protestants complained the least, while
Catholics and Jews were slightly more upset.

These feelings grew from blaming God for
bad experiences like serious disease, the loss
of a loved one, or a traumatic event.

Curiously, the studies found that agnostics
and atheists sometimes experienced more
God anger than believers in their
demographic groups. However, this did not
mean that they were closet worshipers. Many
had religious pasts with which they were
unhappy, or they had imagined a god for the
sake of the survey. Similarly, the believers’
fist shaking did not mean that they had
renounced their faith.

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Rufai Oladimeji
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5. Negative Punctuation

The texting language has a life of its own.
With the complexities of language and the
human mind, it soon evolved a few quirks to
mimic the emotions of the spoken word.
Without most people realizing it, one
punctuation mark is being culled because it
makes the sender seem angry.

The full stop, period, or point is used to
show the end of a sentence. However, in
texting, it suggests the end of someone’s
rope or even trustworthiness. Undoubtedly,
some people use it because the period is the
correct way to end a written line. But to
some receivers of such messages—especially
when they love textspeak—it may appear

For some reason, there was also a perception
of insincerity when volunteers looked at text
messages marked with periods. Interestingly,
they saw no “falseness” to a similar message
written on paper. Researchers suspect that
periods in texting, a casual medium, appear
overly formal and this is why they feel

4. Aggression Is Hereditary

After millennia of violence , modern society
inherited a problem. Humans developed
genes that promote aggression and, worse
yet, evolved others that prevent self-control.

This means that those who are genetically
predisposed to anger often try to stay calm
but lack the efficient brain regions
responsible for emotion control.

Researchers who lived with hunter-gatherer
tribes saw firsthand how violence benefited
the most homicidal members. The men who
murdered others survived longer and had
more kids. The genes exist in up to 40
percent of the world’s male population.

The strongest influence comes from the
MAOA gene, which plays a role in regulating
emotions. Those with the low-functioning
variant are more likely to lose control,
especially when they had a traumatic
childhood. Those with the high-functioning
variant might get violent but only when

The most remarkable aspect was that all the
volunteers in the study were mentally
healthy university students, not people with
emotional disturbances.

3. The World Is Angrier

It may sound fictitious, but the Global State
of Emotions report is a real thing. For its
2018 edition, an analytics firm called Gallup
performed interviews with over 151,000
people from more than 140 countries. Adults
were questioned about how often they
experienced both positive and negative
emotions. The results were published in

Those who said they suffered from sadness
and worry had increased by one percentage
point from the previous year. Anger was up
by two percentage points. All three negative
emotions stood at new record heights,
suggesting that people are more blue,
worried, and full of rage than ever before.

The implications could be disastrous. There
are clear links between negative emotions
and health problems, especially high blood
pressure, heart disease, and stroke. If the
trend continues to climb, scientists fear that
the global population could become
increasingly unhealthy.

2. Pyt

As the rest of the world descends into anger,
the Danes remain perky. In fact, Denmark is
one of the happiest nations on the planet,
and it might have something to do with the
word “pyt.” Recently voted as their favorite
word, an exact English translation does not
exist. However, it could be the answer to
lower stress and anger levels.
It is almost used as the phrase, “Oh well,” to
accept that hassles happen. Upon spotting a
parking ticket, a Dane might first feel
frustrated but then shrug and say, “Pyt.”

Acceptance is key because it prevents anger
from snowballing and ruining the rest of the

Teachers have pyt buttons for kids to push
when they lose a game or need to let go of
something that cannot be changed. This
teaches them not to overreact but to
refocus, settle, and go on.

Of course, the word is used responsibly. Pyt
exists to wave off minor frustrations before
they can morph into monsters. It is never
used to excuse laziness or a situation where
someone was seriously wronged.

1. Anger Clubs

It was only a matter of time before
somebody opened a club for the enraged.
London hosts the Rage Club and the Wreck
Room, while New York sprouted the like-
minded Rage Cage and Wrecking Club.
Similar places are popping up all over the
world. Some are mild. They allow people to
meet and discuss their anger triggers before
taking their rage out on paper by scribbling
anything from vengeful slashes to sailor

Others are more violent. Members dress up
in protective gear—already a cool thing—and
then smash stuff with sledgehammers. While
loud music plays, things like crockery and
TVs get smashed to bits.

At the end of the day, the clubs all share the
same purpose. They provide people with a
safe space to let off steam. It is not therapy.
But it often provides individuals with the
first opportunity to examine what causes
their anger because they can express it
without shame.


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