Tuesday, June 12, 2007
We often hear the advice not to act when angry to avoid making a rash decision. This may seem reasonable, but in reality is not good advice. Researchers at the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara conducted a study conducted a study on how anger affects decision making and found that anger helped people make more rational decisions. While this may seem counter-intuitive, it actually makes sense. Armed with heightened skepticism, people when angered will tend to ignore pleas to emotion, irrelevant statements and other hallmarks of a weak argument. Unencumbered by these distractions, they can hone in on the stronger arguments and make better, more analytical decisions.