Really? Anger makes you think better? Huh. Not in my experience. While this article asserts anger CAN give a very short-lived creativity advantage, all the caveats the writer uses make this assertion hold little more water than a paper cup. Let’s break this down a bit and see what this looks like in plain English, shall we?
A) “Studies” suggest angry people are more likely to be creative. CAVEAT: Not for long. How long might this creative advantage last? I read and reread this article and that information appears to have been omitted.
B) In these studies, anger was “associated with” a person’s ability to brainstorm “in an unstructured manner.” First, what exactly does “associated with” actually mean? Were the two directly linked? Were they sometimes linked? Was the link suggested? Was this link something that appeared occasionally and researchers figured it was connected? How would one go about even measuring such a thing? Second, isn’t the whole idea of brainstorming to come up with spontaneous ideas or solutions? How do you measure spontaneity? How do you know if you’re thinking in a “structured or unstructured manner?” Isn’t “structured thinking” by definition the opposite of brainstorming? Because of my OCD behavior, I grabbed my handy-dandy dictionary that I keep in my bookshelf just for times like this. “Structured” is defined as “definite pattern or organization.” Great, structured..organized, patterned. Got it. The same Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a brainstorm as “a sudden inspiration or idea.” Ok, my brain is hurting trying to figure out how you have an “organized impulse.” Huh? That’s like the idea of “dry rain” or an “honest politician.”
C) Anger may be beneficial in our daily lives. CAVEAT: Not all the time for all people. Or some of the time for some people and none of the time for other people. I may as well get a fortune cookie with my Chinese food and play the “lucky numbers” in the daily lottery.
My favorite part: “Anger is likely to be beneficial only in certain situations or for certain people.”
THIS is news? I mean, really?