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The authors who turned anger into literary masterpieces in the 20th century
by Josh Cohen
About this EXP
Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, explores the force of anger.
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Key point 1
Anger is a primordial emotion and appears across cultures as a formative force.
Key point 2
Freud and Breuer believed that the traumas that trouble our mental lives are caused by psychic injuries, which often lead to a lodged anger at the centre of the self.
Key point 3
Addressing such anger requires a thoughtful, just response; it cannot be dealt with through quick fixes like shouting or receiving an apology.
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