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vitriolic adj
  • (chemistry) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from or resembling vitriol; vitriolous.
  • (figuratively) Bitterly scathing, caustic.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is vitriolic and how they make you feel

Art Prompt: Vitriolic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Can’t smoke, hardly drink, no drugs, don’t borrow money or play cards, can’t tell a lie without beginning to sweat is though I’m passing over the equator. Sure, I say fuck a lot, but I assure you that’s about the sum of my success with transgressing… why is a little turbulence so beyond my means? Why must the least deviation from respectable conventions caused me such inner hell? When I hate those fucking conventions! When I know better than the taboos! Doctor, my doctor, what do you say, let’s put the id back in yid. Liberate this nice Jewish boys libido, will you please? Raise the prices if you have to – I’ll pay anything! Only enough cowering in the face of the deep dark pleasures! –Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a rant in your protagonist’s voice. What is he/she angry about? What are his/her demands?

Journaling Prompt: Write out a rant about something you hate that’s happening in your life right now. Get it it all out!

Art Prompt: Come on now!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the benefits of venting in a safe space.

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She was beautiful when she was angry, and she was more than beautiful today. –Celtic Skies by Delaney Rhodes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who is in love with an angry woman.

Journaling Prompt: How do you act when you get angry.

Art Prompt: My anger

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a time when you got angry and what you learned from that experience.

Photo Credit: Matthew Kenwrick on Flickr

He gathered her unbound hair and started working through it with the comb from the top of her head down to its ends, which brushed the floor. It was impossible to concentrate on anything except the warmth of his breath on her neck, the way his fingers brushed against her back, or her arms, or the lobe of her ear. This state of suspension, him brushing and her sitting so still lest she utter his name or throw herself into his arms, was almost painful, and yet she dared not move for fear of breaking the connection. Anji was a patient man, very disciplined, and she began to wonder if he meant to comb her hair all night just to see who would break first. And because she was so very tired, and wrung tight, and aching with misery and hope, she began to laugh, a little hysterically perhaps, but laughter all the same even if there were sobs caught in it. He set the comb on the tray. “Enough, Mai,” he said, his voice husky with desire, perhaps with satisfaction, perhaps with anger still simmering. He embraced her, pulling her close. “Enough.” –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or poem about a couple who has had a fight and how they make up.

Journaling Prompt: How do you make a conciliatory gesture after a fight?

Art Prompt: Making up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a fight you had with someone important to you.

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two faces

When you look at the subject of aggression there is no more important factor than gender. Something like 90 percent of the people in prison for violent crimes are men. Men have different brains than women, which comes from our different roles during evolution, when the brain was formed. Men had a role of being aggressive, which makes no sense for a woman because a woman was not endowed with the physical strength of a man, who probably outweighs her. But although 90 percent of those in jail are men, 90 percent of people who have been awarded medals by the Carnegie Institute for heroism are also men. In a quarter of those cases, these are men who gave up their lives and died in an instant to do something heroic, often for a stranger. So the rage circuit is good and bad. It’s a double-edged sword…

We have these circuits because we need them. Most of the time, they work amazingly well. We don’t call it snapping unless the result of this aggressive response is inappropriate. When it works as intended we call it quick thinking or, in many cases, heroic. We have these circuits to protect ourselves, our family unit, or society. –Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a person who chooses to use their rage toward being hero.

Journaling Prompt: How do you deal with your anger?

Art Prompt: The Double-Edged Sword of Rage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the rage circuit.

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angry boy

Remember that lack of eye contact:
  • Is a signal that the child is in a state of fear and overly stressed.
  • Is driven from an unconscious place of fear – it is not a conscious choice by the child.
  • Occurs to cut off one of the most direct ways of stimulating the frontal lobe of the brain.
  • Happens as a way for the child to keep from over-stimulating his body/mind system.
  • Is common in attachment-challenged children because they lack regulatory flexibility.
  • Does not determine whether a child can or cannot attach.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a parent tries to deal with an angry child and misreads the body language.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel if a misbehaving child won’t make eye contact with you?

Art Prompt: Angry child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to interpret the body language of an angry child and how to respond appropriately.

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…wrath begins to speak in a self-righteous voice, building a case within your mind-your reason-that you are “right” and therefore action is justified. Your reason refuses to relent, stoking the fire of anger constantly, because it takes a great deal of fuel to keep the fires of self-righteousness burning. Wrath eventually consumes you on your own pyre. – Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene focusing on the internal monologue of wrath.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were extremely angry. Write about the thoughts you had at the time.

Art Prompt: Wrath

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to recognize when wrath is controlling them and how to get back under control.

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…peacemaking efforts such as apologies, offers of compensation and owning up to one’s responsibility increase forgiveness — and reduce anger — by making the aggressor seem more valuable as a relationship partner and by causing the victim to feel less at risk of getting hurt again by the transgressor.
“All of the things that people are motivated to do when they have harmed someone they care about really do appear to be effective at helping victims forgive and get over their anger,” says Michael McCullough, professor of psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences and principal investigator of the study. “People often think that evolution designed people to be mean, violent, and selfish, but humans need relationship partners, so natural selection probably also gave us tools to help us restore important relationships after they have been damaged by conflict.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your protagonist repair relationships that he or she has disrupted? Write a scene with an apology. Write a scene with an act of restitution.

Journaling Prompt: How easy is it for you to apologize? How easy is it for you to forgive?

Art Prompt: Apology

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the components of an effective apology.

Photo Credit: me and the sysop on Flickr

anger management

It took all of his strength to stop himself from crossing the room and tearing Emory limb from limb. He could imagine himself flinging small pieces of the man into the fronds of the plants. He hoped a piece wouldn’t land in the punch bowl. That would be quite improper. –Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene driven by the protagonist’s anger.

Journaling Prompt: What triggers anger in you? Write about that trigger and how you cope with it.

Art Prompt: Anger management

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem and opportunity contained in the emotion of anger. Give them strategies for using anger to improve their lives.

Photo Credit: José María Pérez Nuñez on Flickr

Adolf Hitler

Among leaders of groups that committed aggressive acts, there was a significant increase in expressions of anger, contempt and disgust from 3 to 6 months prior to the group committing an act of violence…
Matsumoto says the findings suggest a leader’s emotional tone may cause the rest of the group to share those emotions, which then motivates the group to take part in violent actions.
“For groups that committed acts of violence, there seemed to be this saturation of anger, contempt and disgust. That combination seems to be a recipe for hatred that leads to violence,” Matsumoto said.
Anger, contempt and disgust may be particularly important drivers of violent behavior because they are often expressed in response to moral violations, says Matsumoto, and when an individual feels these emotions about a person or group, they often feel that their opponent is unchangeable and inherently bad. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a hate group that escalates to violence.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about hate speech.

Art Prompt: Hate Group

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about hate speech and its effect on society.

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