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Anger in law departments: an innate quickness to spot it, especially in men and by men

In a study, subjects spotted angry expressions more quickly than any of the other five basic expressions, and especially male anger. Even more, men picked out the angry expressions faster than women did, according to the summary in the Economist, June 10, 2006 at 82.

It may be that alpha male general counsel, for example, arouse more attention if they fume and erupt (See my posts on emotional intelligence of July 31, 2005; Sept. 25, 2005 as to its erosion with promotions; and Feb. 8, 2006 on its predictive power for success.).

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