Does anger follow the laws of thermodynamics?

Seth Godin has an interesting way of looking at the effect of anger here. We all know that a mood can spread, and we all encounter unbridled rage on a pretty much daily basis. We're often a little numb to it, and we really shouldn't. Anger, as with all emotions, has it's purpose.

Unlike cupcakes, anger isn’t conserved.

If I have a cupcake and I give it to you, I don’t have a cupcake any more. But if someone who is angry gives you their anger, now you both might have it.

Anger is one of the least productive emotions. It is paralytic, it prevents you from thinking or acting constructively, it's reactionary. The more that you infect others with your mood the bigger this problem becomes. You're the only one who can control your own anger; at the end of the day you're the only one responsible for it.

And now, of course, both of you are having a bad day.

Shared anger destroys trust. It eliminates dialogue. It activates the lizard brain of everyone within earshot, and produces nothing of value.


Be Happy; Do Less