Incidental Anger Promotes Deception


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Recently, I had an episode where my anger over something spilled over to something unrelated and I ended up making few rash decisions. Luckily, I found this article on how anger promotes lying.

Yeah, that’s a really important point. What we study is what’s called incidental anger — anger that’s triggered by some unrelated event. You might have had an argument with your spouse and then have a meeting at work. Or you might have had a disagreement with one partner and end up meeting with a different partner. If the situation is completely unrelated, that anger should not influence our behavior. But we find that it actually does. This anger bleeds into this unrelated situation. We become more likely to engage in deception just because we were angry before, and that anger still influences and guides our behavior.

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