Re: Benefits of Anger

Anders Sandberg (
14 May 1999 16:33:34 +0200 writes:

> provoking humans to anger
> can sometimes make it
> easier for them
> to be honest with you

True, although it also introduces some extra noise in the communication since they will try to hurt you by exaggerating bad points or even making them up. Moderation is best, even when angering people.

Myself, I try to avoid angering people because they lose their ability to think flexibly when angry. In many ways making people angry is a kind of coercion of their thinking (even if it is sometimes necessary to prevent them coercing you). Of course, this could be just a rationalization for me being a wussy conflict-aversive Swede :-)

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