I feel that emotions are adaptive, and so, that means all emotions. Anger, for example, rises from a sense of injustice, or from a goal being blocked. Anger can be quite adaptive, such as when it fuels people to seek change. The problem is that this message is sometimes heard in a way that allows people to justify their petty tirades, disrepectful behavior or angry outbursts. I try to balance the message by indicating that anger is the most frequently expressed emotion at work and that happiness and other emotions are adaptive because they increase cooperative behaviors, idea generation, etc. But all too often the message does not get across. I would like to find a way to communicate the idea of emotions as adaptive, that anger has its place, but only expressed in a smart way in certain, limited situations.
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