The wicked are not so smart: scientists have refuted the popular myth
Anger as an emotion is associated with narcissism, the researchers said.
Angry people tend to think that they are smarter than you really are.
So say the authors of the article, published in the July issue of the journal Intelligence.
Two of the studies took part 528. Participants were asked to rate their temper and intellectual capacity for 25-point scale. After that, they ran tests on the level of intelligence.
“In my last project I studied the relationship between anger and various cognitive functions. I noticed that anger differs from other negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety or depression. It is associated with more optimistic bias of nature,” said researcher Marcin Sienkowski the University of Warsaw.
The results showed that anger is not associated with the level of intelligence, but people who are rapidly losing control, tend to overestimate their mental abilities.
The reason is that anger as an emotion is associated with narcissism, believes Senkowski.
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