One possibility is that expressing anger only brings benefits to those already in a position of power. In another study, Tiedens again showed participants one of two video clips, but this time the clips were of a regular person being interviewed for a job. 27 The interviewee in these videos, a male, talked about various things, including a challenging time in his previous job when he and a coworker lost an important client. The two clips were identical, apart from the emotion expressed in response to the lost-client episode: In one video it was anger; in the other, sadness.
After watching the interview, participants answered several questions, including one asking how much the job applicant should be paid. The results show that expressing anger, quite literally, pays: People who saw the angry applicant suggested a salary of $ 53,700; those who saw the sad applicant; $ 41,330. This constitutes an anger bonus of just over $ 12,000.
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