Characteristics of anger: Notes for a systems theory of emotion

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Although emotion may subserve social function, as with anger-maintaining dominance, emotions are more than variant cognitions. Anger promotes risk-taking, attention-narrowing, and cognitive impairment. The proposition that appraised "blameworthiness" is necessary for anger excludes young children's anger as well as adults' pain-induced anger. To be complete, any systems model of anger must account for its temporal characteristics, including escalation and persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-216
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


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