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Volume 44, Issue 2


Anger Makes You Feel Stronger: The Positive Influence of Trait Anger in a Real-Life Experiment

Ana Nanette Tibubos
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Published Online: 2013-08-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ppb-2013-0017


Although anger as a negative emotion is associated with unpleasantness, recent research on anger highlights its motivational effect. The present study tested whether individuals experience both, an unpleasant and an activating affect, after real-life provocations. Results revealed that an anger situation evoked not only typical subjective and cardiovascular anger reactions but also a sense of strength, which is a positive affect. A comparison of participants with low versus high anger disposition according to the STAXI-2 at baseline, treatment, and recovery showed that participants with high trait anger consistently scored higher in subjective ratings of feeling strong than their counterparts did. Moreover, we found a larger and longer lasting effect of feeling strong than feeling angry after an anger treatment. Thus, differences in anger disposition influence the positive correlation between trait anger and positive affect.

Keywords : state anger; trait anger; affect; psychophysiology; recovery; STAXI-2

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Citation Information: Polish Psychological Bulletin, Volume 44, Issue 2, Pages 147–156, ISSN (Print) 0079-2993, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ppb-2013-0017.

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