A new study by evolutionary psychologists at the University of California have discovered a link between male strength, female beauty, and anger levels. Apparently the greater your upper body strength (if male) or your level of attractiveness (if female) the more likely it is that you anger easily.
The authors suggest that anger evolved as part of a bargaining mechanism in situations where you feel you are not being treated as you should. The stronger you are the more confident you would feel in the loss your protagonist will suffer in a fight, and the prettier you are the more benefit you can confer on them.
You can read the full report here.
With anger’s obvious survival role in the fight or flight response, it’s interesting to read a theory that suggests an adaptation of it for social communication; I’d never thought of it like that, but when I think of it people who are angry are trying to communicate something.
In therapy I have found that people’s issues with anger fall into two camps; one group can’t control it, and the other can’t express it. Both can have serious consequences to health and social success. In both cases – while I accept there may be a genetic component at play – which camp you fall into tends to depend on what you learned as a child. If you were never allowed to express you anger (or lost the approval of a parent when you did so), or if you got your own way by being aggressive, then it tends to condition you to that response in adulthood. Either of which can be dealt with quite quickly with Cognitive Hypnotherapy. There are quite a few footballers who spring to mind…