A strange link between anger and intelligence
If you know a person who is always annoying or angry, you can be sure that he is not as smart as he thinks, as a new study shows that anger – unlike other negative emotions – makes people more confident in their intelligence, said Marcin Zajinkovski, the author of the study and professor of psychology at Warsaw University in Poland: “Anger differs greatly from other negative emotions, such as grief, anxiety and depression.”
What does anger have to do with intelligence?
Research has shown that anger is an unusual negative emotion – often-it is associated with positive traits, such as optimism, but how does anger affect perceived intelligence? Zajinkovski and his colleague suspect that angry people may be more likely to overestimate their intelligence.
To test this, the research included more than 520 undergraduate students studying in Warsaw, where students answered survey questions to gauge how easily they were angry and how they were angry, after which students took a poll to assess their intelligence before conducting an objective IQ test.
In general, students who have a higher propensity for anger have overestimated their cognitive abilities, and on the other hand, the most neurotic students – a trait often associated with anger – have generally underestimated their intelligence.
The researchers found that narcissism was a major factor in judging the proportion of people’s intelligence, says Zajinkowski to the Seeppost: The most furious figures were linked to the delusions of narcissism. “
It is important to note that while the study found that angry people tend to be more narcissistic and exaggerated in the estimation of their intelligence, anger has nothing to do with the level of real intelligence, and although researchers have found a relationship between the two features, it is unclear whether there is a causal relationship between the B and over-estimation of intelligence, where further research is needed to stem this link.
What the study has not tested is how anger affects perceived intelligence at the moment of rage? The study assessed anger as a personal trait, but anger is often a temporary emotion, and additional research is needed to see if people who are not easily angry may be more confident in their abilities at the moment they feel angry or disturbed.