Anger and prosocial behavior

Janne van Doorn, Marcel Zeelenberg, Seger M. Breugelmans

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Anger is often primarily portrayed as a negative emotion that motivates antagonistic, aggressive, punitive, or hostile behavior. We propose that this portrayal is too one-sided. A review of the literature on behavioral consequences of anger reveals evidence for the positive and even prosocial behavioral consequences of this emotion. We outline a more inclusive view of anger and its role in upholding cooperative and moral behavior, and suggest a possible role of equity concerns. We also suggest new predictions and lines of research derived from our perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Anger
  • Compensation
  • Inequity
  • Moral outrage
  • Prosocial
  • Punishment


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