The Process Mechanism of Anger

Xiujuan Jing; Yifeng Wang; Rongyan Wang; Hong Li
July 2012
Advances in Psychology (21607273);Jul2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p134
Academic Journal
Anger is a kind of emotion caused by provocative stimuli. According to the valence hypothesis and the motivation hypothesis, anger is a negative emotion prone to approach motivation. Recent behavioral and neuroimaging studies, however, challenged these hypotheses. Some researchers explained these new findings in opinions of anger expression or anger specificity. These opinions were efficient but limited. A contextually dependent view of motivation model might be adopted to better understand the mechanism of anger both in general situation and in special situation. It regarded anger as the reaction to provocative stimuli, which was induced by real situation or experience and was in conformity with motivation and behavior


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