What is Anger?

In this opening episode of a new podcast series about anger from the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, historian of emotions Thomas Dixon sets out to discover what anger really is. He meets experts including psychologists and historians, and confronts his own furious demons, in an attempt to find an answer. Is there a “basic emotion” of anger or only a range of loosely related furious feelings? What can science tell us? Does anything hold together all the varieties of rage, wrath and revenge?

Contributors include Lore Lixenberg, Matthew Dodd, Jo Anne Nadler, Sarah Garfinkel, Charlotte Rose Millar, Kehinde Andrews, Jim Russell and Jerry Parrott.

Presenter: Thomas Dixon
Producer: Natalie Steed

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