Martha Nussbaum On Anger

09bbad3e-771c-4ef9-b581-8e0b1fe597faMartha Nussbaum (May 06, 1047 -)

We are prone to anger to the extent that we feel insecure or lacking control with respect to the aspect of our goals that has been assailed — and to the extent that we expect or desire control. Anger aims at restoring lost control and often achieves at least an illusion of it. To the extent that a culture encourages people to feel vulnerable to affront and down-ranking in a wide variety of situations, it encourages the roots of status-focused anger.