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Can it really be good to be angry?

Large parts of our planet live in an age of peace and relatively good

Statistical data compiled by the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and various Governments around the world indicate a low poverty rate in many countries and a higher life expectancy

It also indicates that most of those living in developed countries are considered safer and richer than ever in the history of mankind

?So, why do so many people seem very angry all the time

We hear many stories of motorists' anger on the roads and the bitter criticism of social media

Sometimes we hear news about politicians who have lost control of their calm and equanimity

If we think that our planet is in a constant state of anger, it may not be tolerated

The British journalist and author, Oliver Burkman, who has always written about how to achieve happiness, decided to change course and write about anger out of change

Why do we get angry then? What makes us angry? Perhaps more importantly, is anger something bad

Let's go back a bit to the past, what drives someone to get angry from someone else

"Anger is a very complex system," says professor of psychology and criminology at the University of Heidelberg, Ohio, in the United States

"In a more dramatic sense, he controls the mind, a way of getting into someone else's head and making him appreciate you more, it's a way of conflict with others to change their mind

Professor Seale describes how an important part of this "control of the mind" comes from the "angry face" of the human being, which appears on it: curved eyebrows and enlarged facial jaws due to the dishes of the jaws on each other and the expansion of the nostrils

"All the changes that anger makes on your face make you look physically stronger

According to Professor Seale, scientists have been able to prove that the "angry face" is inherited, not learnable, because "the faces of blind children look natural rather than angry

So how did I give the "angry face" of our ancestors the upper hand over others

You may think that our ancestors who did not get angry and did not get into a fight, lived longer than those who were angry and engaged in fights, but this did not happen

"What happened was that people who had a form of anger outnumbered those who did not get angry," says Professor Seale

They did this by bargaining for better treatment and winning the battle of conflict of interest

"In the past, people who did not get angry were exploited, because people steal from them and treat them badly, and as a result we see them disappear

The people who survived, those who threatened not to cooperate, and reminded others of all the good things they have done, and this has made people reconsider their dealings with them and are more grateful to them and resulted in better treatment

Professor Seale says that anger gave these people an evolutionary advantage

To understand anger, we need to think about what it does to us physiologically, and how to act and think, or more accurately, how we do not think

The head of the psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the United States, Professor Ryan Martin, conducts research on anger and also presents a radio program called "The Rigg" that is broadcast through the Podcast service

"When you get angry, your sympathetic nervous system, the part responsible for fighting or running, starts to work, your heart rate increases, your breathing rate increases, sweating starts and your digestive system slows down," says the professor

The body's physiological reaction aims to energize you to respond to any injustice you feel, while the brain continues to do its work

"We also know that when people feel unfair or dangerous, their ideas tend to be a bit more closed, they are more focused on staying alive or retaliating

And if you do not want to think about other things if you're trying to respond to this injustice, that's part of evolution too

Ostensibly, most people, in the developed world, in particular, seem to have fewer reasons to worry than their predecessors. Why, then, does modern life provoke much anger

"People in developed societies are busier, and their life requirements have increased, so the consequences of slowing down in life are much worse now," says Professor Martin

For example, if we had to wait in the supermarket queue or stay on the phone when we contacted the electricity company, we would soon be angry, because we did not have time to waste

"The things that make us feel helpless and avoidable make us angry

So the way we developed is to feel angry and then react "does not always work well in the evolving environment

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