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  1. Raymond A. DiGiuseppe1,
  2. Raymond Chip Tafrate2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0057

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

DiGiuseppe, R. A. and Tafrate, R. C. 2010. Anger. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    St. John's University

  2. 2

    Central Connecticut State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Aristotle, Seneca, Darwin, and Ekman, a modern emotion theorist, have considered anger as one of the basic human emotions. Psychologists often use the term anger interchangeably with other terms like aggression, hostility, hate, and irritability. This usage has led to many confusing definitions and theories of anger, as well as numerous misconceptions. The resulting confusion has impeded our efforts to integrate anger research findings into a viable understanding of anger. Anger is of great concern, because it often precedes aggression, conflict, and violence.


  • emotions;
  • aggression;
  • impulsivity;
  • depression