And therefore, when men are ingenious in picking out circumstances of contempt, they do kindle their anger much.
For the first; there is no other way but to meditate, and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, how it troubles man’s life.
And the best time to do this, is to look back upon anger, when the fit is thoroughly over.
The other, that you do not peremptorily break off, in any business, in a fit of anger; but howsoever you show bitterness, do not act anything, that is not revocable.
For raising and appeasing anger in another; it is done chiefly by choosing of times, when men are frowardest and worst disposed, to incense them.
Particularly when the fear is high, anger may be a way to feel safer and in control.
Essays On Anger
In other words, anger can be used to mask emotions of sadness and fear.
As a research psychologist I struggle to understand these reactions.
Part of the answer may reside in the way we cope with strong emotions.
Whosoever is out of patience, is out of possession of his soul. Only men must beware, that they carry their anger rather with scorn, than with fear; so that they may seem rather to be above the injury, than below it; which is a thing easily done, if a man will give law to himself in it.
For the second point; the causes and motives of anger, are chiefly three.