Mel Gibson and Mad Rage

Mel Gibson is furious.  The tabloids are having a rollicking time with his surreptitiously taped audio meltdowns.  He’s being branded, “Mad Mel” in a weary mocking of his “Mad Max” franchise of films and, frankly, I don’t think the gossip rags will ever give him a chance to get up again and breathe unless something terrible happens to satiate their bloodlust.

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Procrastination is Repressed Rage

I read something the other day — I have since lost the link and the exact wording of the argument — but the notion went a little something like this, “Procrastination is Repressed Rage.”

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Impulsive Web Rage and the Online Disinhibition Effect

We have discussed why it is important to use your real name on the internet; we have also dissected the difference between Hate Mail and Spam and concluding there is no difference. Now the New York Times explains the research behind Web Rage.

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Laughter as Aggression

Can laughter be aggressive and hostile? Have you ever met someone who “over-laughs” at something that wasn’t particularly funny?

Is it possible that someone who laughs inappropriately is actually using their laughter as an obnoxious form of attention-getting or bitter tension release?

Is laughter a socially acceptable way of venting rage and shyness for those who are incapable of the direct expression of proper emotion?

What is the correct way to handle these laughers?

Do you confront them by saying, “That’s not funny.” Or do you stab deeper and say, “I understand you’re nervous, but laughing isn’t the right response.” Or do you just ignore the behavior and try to move away from the subject?