ARE GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE MORE PRONE TO ANGER THAN THE REST OF US?

What would you say if I told you that good looking people are more prone to anger? Those “beautiful people” who have the total package. The top five percent with gifted looks. Yes, THEM.

Would you believe me?

You should. Because they are, in fact, more prone to get angry than the rest of the population.

According to a study published in the February 2017 edition of Psychology Today, researchers found that “strong men” and “pretty women” became more easily angered than other people. It was also reported that these two groups have the most influence in society. And, get this, throughout the recorded history of evolutionary psychology, these are also the people who can inflict the most harm and withhold benefits by having the most power. When that power is challenged, their anger becomes a tool to prevent them from being exploited.

So what does that mean for those of us in the other 95 percent category? Well, here are a couple things you should know.

First, if you are being threatened by someone’s anger, stop and ask yourself — “Is this person part of that upper five to, say, twenty percent of the strong and pretty population?” If the conclusion you come to is yes (while highly subjective), it may give you some insight into the their anger. They are not getting angry at YOU. They somehow think you are, or could in the future, exploit them. So the anger you see is just a reactive pressure to protect them.

Second, if a “strong” or “beautiful” person is getting angry with you, it may not be you at all. They have simply been blessed with good looks and are acting according to their years of accumulated experience of getting their own way because of their aesthetic appeal. In a situation like this, it’s probably not the best idea to stand up to them and try to teach them a lesson. Why? Because it’s unlikely they’ll understand. How could they? They have held a premium position throughout each decade of their life. A heart to heart isn’t likely to work.

If you ever find yourself being confronted like this and it bothers you, why not have a heart to heart with yourself instead? What is it about the other person’s anger that is so upsetting? Granted, no one like the anger of others, but if you are losing sleep, dreading your relationship, not wanting to go to work, or are being consumed by your own anger at them, it may be time for a check-up. Life is too short.