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Anger is the emotion of being unpleased with something. Anger can show in a facial expression known as a frown, in various other types of body language, in an angry tone of voice and/or in explicit words that express one's displeasure. A mild form of anger is annoyance or resentment, a strong form of anger is rage or fury. Strong anger can show in acts of aggression or self-aggression.

Like any emotion, anger can be suppressed, exaggerated, or faked.

Anger and punishment[edit]

Children may not be allowed to show anger towards their parents, siblings, and other family members. Especially in the past, children were taught and expected to control their emotions. An exaggerated outburst of childish anger is called throwing a tantrum. A tantrum may be a punishable offense.

On the other hand, if a child, or other person under someone else's authority misbehaves, the authority figure is likely to get angry at him or her, such that anger often precedes reproof and/or punishment. Display of annoyance or anger is therefore a strong warning signal.

Anger and spanking[edit]

If you strike a child take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
  — George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Some parenting books advise not to spank a child in the heat of anger because one is likely to spank too hard or in other ways abusive when enraged due to the reduced self-control and the tendency fro increased aggression. However in real life a punishment such as a spanking is primarily given when a child has really committed a major offense, which means in such a case there will naturally be considerable anger on the disciplinarian's side (depending also on his or her mood and temper). Waiting for a few minutes to "cool down" before giving the spanking may help to deliver the punishment in a fairer and better controlled fashion. However the complete absence of any anger during a punishment seems in some way absurd, or worse, cruel in a sadistic way, so by those who accept spanking as a parenting tool, a certain level of remaining anger is usually not considered a problem. During the spanking, the sorrier the spankee becomes, the more the spanker's anger will tend to fade away, so at the end of a spanking, the disciplinarian feels no more resentment and is ready to forgive.

In consensual spanking, especially erotic spanking, fun spanking and related forms, the spanker may not feel any anger as there was no (real) offense in the first place. In some cases a certain anger, even if only roleplayed, may be welcome though, as it helps to create the right "mood" for the spanking, both for the spanker and for the spankee. This may be ignited by the spankee playing bratty and/or roleplaying a certain offense that matches their character and the scene.

Anger in art[edit]

The typical way of making a drawn or painted face look angry is by pulling the insides of the eyebrows down towards the top of the nose. The outsides of the eyebrows may be in normal height, pulled up or pulled down (but not as far as the insides). In comics and cartoons, "angry eyebrows" are often strongly exaggerated.

The shape of the character's mouth can vary the type of anger:

  • corners of the mouth pulled down: 'annoyed' anger
  • lips pressed together: 'controlled' anger
  • lips pulled away to show the teeth: 'aggressive' anger
  • corners of the mouth pulled up (like a smile): 'sadistic' anger


  • Anger
  • Choler
  • Fury
  • Irateness
  • Ire
  • Rage
  • Wrath

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