Generally, anger is seen to be one of the negative emotions. One is not supposed to be angry. However, anger can even have some features in the positive manner. For instance, it activates a particular region on the left side of the brain, which is related to several positive emotions. Similarly, as positive emotions, anger can also motivate people in achieving something.
Henk Aarts of Utrecht University, Netherlands and the lead author of the new study, says that people get motivated to achieve something because it would be rewarding for them, which in usual terms is considered positive and it makes people happy. He, along with his colleagues, wanted to know if the same thing can also be applied for the link between anger in negative emotions and the yearning to achieve something.
To conduct this experiment, they made some participants watch a computer screen as images of common things like a pen or a mug were displayed on the computer screen. However, they failed to realize that before every object that appeared, there was a flash of a neutral, a fearful or an angry face. This subliminal picture related an emotion to an object. After the experiment, the volunteers were questioned about how badly they desired the objects on the screen. Experimenting in another version, the volunteers were asked to squeeze a handgrip for getting the desired thing. The ones who squeezed harder had more chances of winning it.
The conclusion was that people tend to work hard for achieving things that are related to angry faces, in contrast with fearful faces, which did not evoke such responses. For example, in an environment of limited food, a person can relate food to anger and thus, can attack anyone to get the food for his survival. Aarts maintains that in absence of this relation between food and anger, the person might just give up.
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