Emotions like happiness, jealousy, anger, and envy are the prime movers of an individual’s behavior and are the developers of our decision-making structure. When the field of psychology is closely studied, emotions have different meanings as per different theories. The fundamental definition is that emotion is a complex state of feeling that shapes the way we physically and psychologically respond to a cue and this response molds our thought process and behavior significantly.
Anger is a basic human emotion that is sometimes irrational and unnecessary but ruling out the possibility of attaining gainful output from this extreme emotion would be unjustified. Aggression has a negative connotation attached to it and it is correct that aggression causes a lot of social and psychological problems for an individual but this implication of the word ‘anger’ is limited in its scope. There is an unrecognized valuable side of aggression that is overlooked due to the common perspective that aggression is an extremely negative emotion which is only aimed at worsening the situations and relationships. There are different forms of anger like passive anger, overwhelmed anger, and self-inflicted one. Passive anger is a concealed emotion that is difficult to recognize and identify, whereas overwhelmed anger is sourced from an individual’s incapability and impotence to deal with the demands and requirements of life. The overwhelmed anger leads to several psychological problems like anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. Self-inflicted anger is a leap of time where an individual has completely transcended the arena of logical thinking and starts to blame his existence for every trivial mistake. This results in a vicious circle of feeling anger over one’s own self and living with a weak self-image.
When we talk about extreme emotions like affection and hatred, we start to study and act in our environment on the conception of preconceived beliefs and past mental models. Love is always related to affection and compassion whereas hatred is always a product of envy and jealousy. However, this is not true, people end their lives in romantic stories so how does love being a positive emotion results in a suicidal consequence. The irony of this situation is that people proudly commit suicides in the name of love and the mainstream media presents this act as a sacrifice. We act and react to certain emotions the way, we have trained our minds to think and contemplate. Many people seek motivation from hatred or envy, while some fail to suppress or direct these negative emotions towards positive channels.