. . . Although classified as a negative emotion, anger has a completely different profile than sadness.  When angry, people focus on others and rarely themselves.  In addition to using high rates of second-person (e.g., you) and third-person (he, she, they) pronouns, angry people talk and think in the present tense.

When events happen to us that cause us to feel sad or angry, we tend to try to understand why they occurred.  We use cognitive words that reflect causal thinking and self-reflection.  Not true for positive emotions such as pride and love.  When happy and content, most of us are satisfied to let the joy wash over us without introspection.  In other words, negative feelings make us thoughtful; positive emotions make us blissfully stupid.  (The Secret Life of Pronouns by James W. Pennebaker)

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
In the examination
of a great and important question,
everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.
– Robert Green Ingersoll, 1833 – 1899

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