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Disciplines Argument > Fallacies > Anger

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Description

If you are not believed or your argument is not accepted, then just get angry.

Adopt position that displays aggressive body language. Stare. Raise your voice. You can get angry at the other person or just angry in general.

Example

I SAID THE SHIP IS ENGLISH!

WHAT! HOW DARE YOU!! Now think again -- would you like to go out tonight?

Discussion

When I am not believed, I feel belittled and distrusted. I react against this by becoming angry. This makes me feel powerful. When I am powerful I can state something as true and others will not dare disagree with me.

Of course anger does not make truth, yet it is a remarkably common 'technique' used in arguments. This is for two reasons. First, it is because it is a natural, if not pleasant, human tendency. Secondly, it often works. This is why parents, partners and children argue in non-logical but highly emotional ways.

Note: Anger is not strictly speaking a fallacy in the traditional sense but it is included here in the spirit that it is consciously used as a way of persuading that lacks logical reason.

Classification

Attack, Assertive, Assumptive

See also

Attack the Person, Anger (emotion), Extremist Argument

 

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