Tonight I was reading an article in the magazine Psychology Today (February 2015), by Matthew Hutson. This article made me think about the meaning of emotions in a completely different light.
The article stated that we have the wrong idea about emotions and are very rational. They are means for us to help us achieve goals important to us. The author of this article felt that negative emotions are not only crucial to our existence but also important to us feeling good. The negative emotions discussed was anger, shame/guilt/embarrassment and envy/jealously.
I’m not going to get into each one of those but the emotion that really made me start thinking was the negative emotion anger.
The number one statement that stood out was how anger results when we feel undervalued or you feel underestimated. The key point I got from this article is that anger can be a motivator for an individual to take action, boosts confidence, but also fueled social progress. Think civil rights movement and gender equality fairness.
What is your take on this? I would love to get your input.