What will be the results of decisions based on the emotions of Anger, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, and the adult emotion of Contempt? Let us consider anger first. The emotion of anger will arise when a person, child or animal is repeatedly frustrated when trying to get something it believes it can obtain. Typically before anger arises repeated attempts to get the desired object consistently resulted in failure even though that same behavior did result, or seemed to result, in success using that same behavior earlier.
Something has gone wrong, but it isn’t known or understood, and the force is too powerful to surpass. A surge of hot energy comes from within the mind, body and face that seeks to overcome the obstacle and gain the goal. It is soon accompanied by feelings of hostility, resentment and soon by revenge, and a desire to strike out and conquer, bring into submission, no matter what the consequences. If that proves impossible to accomplish the next stage is to fall into feelings of envy and revenge, and if that fails to drop into feelings of failure, depression, and despair.
It appears obvious when analyzing the problem in this way that basing decisions about future outcomes with the emotion of anger lurking in the recesses of one’s mind and embedded in one’s decision-making process will bring nasty results. When there is competition with another person over something of perceived value, to form decisions while in an emotional state of anger will cloud one’s ability to analyze the coming situations accurately. When the incoming information is distorted by anger, and the analysis is poor because of resentment, then the decisions cannot be the best possible and the results will not be the best available. We must totally clear our minds and emotions of anger when making decisions.
The world is always a complex place and to let anger influence decisions will inevitably degrade the quality of one’s success.