The psychology and pedagogy of anger - PDF by Roy Franklin Richardson

The psychology and pedagogy of anger

The psychology and pedagogy of ange



The importance of the study of emotions in relation to human conduct is well understood. Just how consciousness behaves under the influence of fundamental human emotions like fear and anger, is one of vital interest to the psychologist and educator. It has always been difficult to study the structural side of our emotions because of an inability to control voluntarily our emotions for purposes of introspection. The structure of emotions is primarily im- portant in so far as the structure may allow an interpretation of function. 

The study of emotions has for the most part been limited to theoretical discussions based on the observations of normal and abnormal persons and on the casual introspection of individual authors. This work is an attempt to study systematically the emotion of anger in relation to the behaviour of consciousness, the ideas and feelings associated with the development of anger, the reactive side of consciousness under the influence of anger, individual differences in behaviour, manner of the disappearance and diminutive of anger, devices used in the control and facilitation of the emotion, and the conscious after-effects including the inter-relation of anger and other feelings, emotions and attitudes which follow. 

The education of emotions was first voiced by Aristotle who indicated that one of the aims of education should be to teach men to be angry right. The author is under great obligations to President G. Stanley Hall, for without his inspiration the investigation would never have been begun or completed. 

Although emotions are recognized as among the most important mental phenomena, exerting a marked influence on other mental processes, they have had a comparatively little systematic investigation. We have our casual descriptions of emotions in terms of feelings, sensations and physiological effects. 

We have our theories, accounting for the expression of the emotions, and our theories of the constituents of the emotive consciousness. The functional side of emotions, emphasizing the behaviour of consciousness, has been for the most part neglected. In looking over the literature on emotions, one is impressed by its theoretical and opinionated trend. Much of it is based on casual individual observations. Attention has for the most part been directed to the most intense emotional experiences, neglecting the smaller emotions, important as they are in the behaviour of consciousness.

 Then psychology has concerned itself with the exciting period of the emotion, disregarding the consciousness preceding the emotion and that after the emotion has disappeared. From the functional aspect of emotions, some of the questions which invite study are as follows: 1. the mental situation, including the fore-period from which the emotion develops; 2. the behaviour of consciousness during the period the emotion exists; 3. the manner of disappearance and diminution of the emotion; 4. the effect in consciousness after the emotion has disappeared; 5. individual differences in emotional life.


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  • Author:Roy Franklin Richardson
  • Publication date 1918
  • Company: Baltimore, Warwick & York, inc.

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