S7 Round 2 How can anger be transformed to become a positive emotion?

YOU- Have emotions. Yes. Also, catchy Crash Course Intro 🎼 below!

Inquiry Question: How can anger be transformed to become a positive emotion?

Hi Fellow Reader moving along today! Click [1] if you want to visit a previous round and refresh yourselves! Let's get started. 
The premiere of this round: I will be taking a deeper look on the health portion of anger. This is the aspects of mental and physical health, additionally the causes and results.

Other portions would be the concept of emotions and talking about some topics raised by the comments last post (Comments not talked about is because it will be mentioned in upcoming research posts) Enjoy! 


  • What kind of emotions do you have? 
  • What does your face look like when you feel a particular way? 
  • Let everyone know! Describe the best you can.. When you are...
    • Happy? 
    • Sad? 
    • Angry? 
    • Disgusted?

Emotions are a form of a response from any kind of situation in our lives. As it can be seen throughout the body- widely known is the face but the form of our body shape also is another conveyor of message (2) (3) 
Library of Congress government website article also says to differentiate feeling and emotions. Why is it different? Well feeling is a perception of all changes happening in a body. Emotions are the opposite, the ones that comes out unconsciously (3) (6) (without your real knowledge- sneaky aren't they?)

One thing of note is that there are some "emotions" more prone to be part of a response than others. In this case, "fear" is one of those. The brain structure is wired to recognizing fear without even knowing it or going through you first.(3) 

Article in Scientific American talks about emotion and feeling difference (3) (4) (6). Often it is used interchangeably but there are reasons why words are there. They go on a deeper level according to Prof Damasio. Emotions are reactions in the body for a certain stimuli versus feelings is what we are personally aware of. (4) 

Feeling -> Then Emotion 

Getting to the science portion of this is that PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans and MRI studies show that emotions are in different parts of limbic system with high activity than other emotions (5)
Common brief examples: 

1. Happiness: found in several areas of the brain, right frontal cortex, left amygdala, etc. 

2. Fear:  bilateral amygdala, the hypothalamus and areas of the left frontal cortex. Thinking and gut feeling and urgency is because for the survival of an organism. 

3. Sadness: The hippocampus (involved when sad) is strongly linked with memory, and it makes sense that awareness of certain memories is associated with feeling sad.

4. Disgust is an interesting feeling that is often associated with avoidance. Found in amygdala and cortexes. 

5. Anger: Found in all ages and people around the world. Anger is found with activation of the right hippocampus, the amygdala, and cortexes.

6. Surprise: This can be a good thing or bad. The hippocampus is strongly associated with memory- surprise is the fact of not expecting or remembering. (5) As you may have experienced such situations before! 

Crash Course Psychology: (2)

Hank talks about this psychological aspect. He goes through a bit of history and talks about significant people in this area of study!

Definition said: Emotion: A mind and body's integrated responses to a type of stimulus which include physiological arousal, expression and conscious experience (2) 

Ted Talk: One of the cool things is that it's not just reading. Her topic covers Emotion's powers. So here's a video! It talks about an interesting concept.. such as that emotions pushed aside get stronger "Amplification"(1) A term that fits rightly in the description of what it does. 

Susan also says which I found interesting to remember:  

Research now shows that the radical acceptance of all of our emotions -- even the messy, difficult ones -- is the cornerstone to resilience, thriving, and true, authentic happiness. (1)





Thanks for reading!!! 


  1. https://www.ted.com/talks/susa...l_courage/transcript
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAMbkJk6gnE
  3. https://www.loc.gov/loc/brain/emotion/Damasio.html
  4. https://www.scientificamerican...eeling-our-emotions/
  5. http://www.neurologytimes.com/...n-processes-emotions
  6. https://neurosciencenews.com/c...ons-psychology-6117/


Got thoughts, ideas, opinions or something to say?   Comment away! I will reply!

Next around, some concepts I plan to look at:

This round tackles the solutions and scientific basis of anger as well as the psychology's perspective how it can be handled. The possibility of changing the direction anger takes so it isn't destructive  

Current methods of dealing with anger, learning the control, science and possible prevention before it happens. How yoga and meditation may have influences. 

Including YOUR or other people's comments on here to research and add into! 


That is it! Hope you are all looking forward, as I am looking forward to yours as well! 

ROUND 3 later!



See you there! 

Codes in titles: 
S: stands for "Series" which correlates to a unique inquiry question. 
(C) Cycle: Each consists ideally 6 rounds (posts) of research. Question may change every cycle, or be continued from previous cycle. (About 4 cycles per school year) 
Round [of research]: Individual posts in a research cycle. Sometimes denoted as "R" 

For self notes: Resentment, anger, grudge, relational aggression 

Original Post

Hi Jim,

Nice research round! I like how you made your research round really interesting. The videos were nice to watch. In the particulars, I really enjoyed how you talked about how our emotions effect our minds and which parts of our brains. As you stated, our emotions can be seen throughout our bodies. A common misconception is that people can also demonstrate their emotions on their faces. I appreciated how you said that our body shape also plays a key role in demonstrating how we are feeling.

One concept you may be interested in looking into are the long and short term effects of anger on ourselves. You may want to give specific examples of when anger can be presented as a positive, neutral or negative sentiment. It's important to recognize that there are so many different effects it can place on our society and the individuals around us. As you mentioned, you should also look into how individuals are react to when they are faced with the emotion of anger. A lot of people use different ways to deal with their anger. The three main approaches, as I come to learn, are found to be expressing, suppressing and calming. These ways are found to be either or both conscious and unconscious. Another concept you may want to take a look into is what people are doing to keep their anger at bay. Some individuals do things like relaxation, cognitive restructuring, problem solving, better communication, using humor and changing their environment.

Here are some websites that may help you out:





Good luck on your next round,


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