Sunday, May 3, 2015

Anger Anyone?

My interview today of Michael Edelstein has caused response even before the interview went up at EPJ.

John Daubert who edits the recording, emailed after hearing the interview:

First, I enjoyed, and was actually helped when hearing this interview. Doctor Eldelstein's use of the "A-B-C" process should be known by everyone!

Here are some thoughts of mine about the origins of anger:

"Anger Anyone?"

Apes even display anger! That grunting over another ape going for some food, or just when not wanting to be bothered. They GRUNT to broadcast a sound of anger, besides displaying anger with their face muscles, teeth and all other muscles.

To me, whether it be ape or man, or two birds fighting in anger over some bug outside, I think it's anger that raises blood pressure, YES, as Doctor Eldelstein noted in the interview, BUT, that rise in blood pressure would cause the muscles to be more filled with blood, with maybe involving Adrenalin.  Anger is a way to show superior strength. To be afraid of by the other apes, cavemen or birds, etc.

If not, then those not having that anger to pump themselves up would be taken advantage of, and most likely not live long enough to breed. Breeding is needed to survive as a species, not just to eat that day.

So, Anger was a life prolonging action when first in brains of any creature.

I bet at first there might not have been Adrenalin or anger in brains until the population increased to present "Competition".

That competitive aspect can be found today in all sports. Guys acting angry, or actually becoming angry to present a "I'm stronger and tougher than you" kind of posture.

Anger was as vital as air and water to those early people, apes and all creatures that were in a "competitive" environment.

The increase of every animal with similar muscles made it necessary to pretend one is stronger or has more muscles. Again, anger shows in face muscles, as if to angerally GRIN the opponent away.
What better way to have them look impressive and mean than to have an emotion help that look with showing teeth WITH an anger sound or stance with puffed our muscles?  RUN!

ANGER, the needed emotion to sustain one's life back then, and for today, to present intimidation. Acting anger works with many sports. I did that on the mound when I pitched in tight spots, and had an open tryout with the Philadelphia Philles scouts in 1976. I was very competitive and most times, effective with the posture of being angry in a way. The batters trying out were nice, and so was I, UNTIL I got on the mound and one guy got a hit right away. That was the last one for the next bunch of mock innings that had the scouts talking behind me, about how I had that "moxy", as I heard them say. So, it was an inherent trait from cavemen who needed to survive, that worked for me to try to survive those pitching outings, to LOOK "as if" more determined than the hitters. I bet that put a good 5 miles per hour on my fastball to some hitters, just by distracting them through the anger/strength posture to have them maybe be a little afraid, or cautious in the batters box. The batters that did that back to me? We were even I guess. (Either a home run off of me, or a strikeout)!

Rightly Placed Anger WORKS!  Always has! Needed back then in the cavemen years, to get old enough to have kids and so on.  Nice guys finish last!  Now? I'm usually near or at the end.

John Daubert
Creative Audio Editor and Producer of Music Promos and Songs


  1. Then [Jesus] said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent. Looking around at them with *anger* and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored. -- Mark 3:4-5

  2. Thanks, John, for your comment. You may be confusing anger with assertiveness, passion, and determination. You can have the latter without the former.

  3. Thank you Michael. I feel I was referring to anger, for as I have experienced that strong, undeniable emotion at times, that is exactly the emotion and actions for how I was conducting my thought experiment, imagining anger (with Adrenalin for the most part), for early man. Thank you! John

  4. I'm not clear how you're differentiating anger from the energy and focused action fueled by assertiveness, intense passion, and strong determination. Please explain.