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Manifestations of Anger

A person who is angry, knows that he/she is feeling an emotion of anger, be it minor irritation or a raging fury. However, for others to know that a person is angry, it must be demonstrated in an outward manner. When displayed through acts like aggression and abuse, it is evident. However, at times, a person may not speak or act in an aggressive way, yet be angry.

Animals cannot speak in a language understandable by humans, yet they can express their displeasure or anger by their behaviour and movements. The sneering of a dog or the moving tail of a cat is taken to be signs of annoyance. Similarly, man too, shows various manifestations (signs) of anger:

  1. Body Language
  2. Even though words may not be used, or actions shown, the body language of a person speaks for itself. A person, who is comfortable, at ease and happy, demonstrates this feeling through his/her body language by seeming to be calm and composed. A person who is angry will have rigid movements and be stiff.

  3. Sign Language
  4. The use of sign language is not restricted only to people with speech difficulties but is often used in corroboration with body language. The driver of a car often shows his fist to a careless person who walks onto the road without paying head to passing vehicles.

  5. Facial Expressions
  6. Our faces express our thoughts and feelings – the face is a mirror of the emotions that we go through. Even though not spoken aloud, fear or unhappiness is demonstrated through tears, while happiness is displayed through a smile. Similarly, anger is shown through scrunched up brows or blazing eyes. An infuriated person is said to ‘shoot daggers with his eyes’, which means that there is tremendous fury in him. Many a times, we say – ‘If looks could kill….’ indicates that the facial expressions are so strong while demonstrating anger that just the look given by an angry person could kill someone.

  7. Silence
  8. Sometimes, a person, who is angry, tries to remain silent and not give vent to his feelings. In a way, he is trying to control his angry emotions by remaining silent lest he says something harmful. Such an oath of silence is also a manifestation of anger.

  9. Sulking
  10. To sulk means to brood and ‘be in a huff’. This is one of the commonest forms of anger, especially shown by children and adolescents. However, adults also do resort to this form of demonstration. Usually, sulking is exercised by people towards others with whom they have a certain level of familiarity. For example, children sulk with their parents, or a wife with her spouse.

  11. Vocabulary
  12. The kind of vocabulary or language that a person uses also demonstrates anger and annoyance. Harsh declarations such as “I hate you”, “You are the worst specimen in the world” immediately demonstrate anger. However, the use of restrained words can also demonstrate displeasure –“Please stay away”.

  13. Tone of Voice
  14. Humans use voice modulation to depict emotions and feelings. Something said softly can be words of endearments or warnings, while words spoken loudly can demonstrate pleasure or anger! Depending upon the combination of words and modulation, anger is depicted. A softly uttered “Don’t do it” can mean giving direction to a person, or when said aloud and harshly can depict anger. A simple “So, what?” when said cattily can also display irritation.

  15. Written Word
  16. Body language or verbal language alone does not represent anger. It can be displayed through the written word as well. Depending upon the words and style used, the writer can depict emotions of anger and frustration.

Hence, there are various manifestations of anger and each expression displays the feeling in a different manner.