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The psychology of Internet rage

May 17, 2018

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Adam P. Stern, MD, is the director of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has published in journals … See Full Bio
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May 29, 2018

I think “rageful” says it better in this case. Rageful (Full of rage) is better than “irritated” IMO. Thesauruses are great, but those 3 words are not synonyms, only similar. A thesaurus is only the starting point to help you select the one word (out of many) that *best* communicates your meaning. 🙂

Symcka Petrovich
May 22, 2018

What an illuminating article! I appreciate the explanations and descriptions of reactions such as “rageful”; easily found on large social media sites such as f*book and all the others like it. Online fan groups such as for film stars are prime sources of the Dunning-Krueger effect!

Well done and thank you for helping understand the world of text-based emotions”!

Jerry P.
May 19, 2018

There’s rage brewing in the comments here. 😀

May 18, 2018

I think internet is harmful for children. We must to try to release them to real world.

anon e mouse
May 18, 2018

“No need to make up words”

But rageful -is- a word, according to several dictionaries. Merriam-Webster, at least, mentions that it’s an unpopular word, but a word nonetheless.

May 17, 2018

rageful? How about enraged? Or easily enraged or irritated. No need to make up words, just utilize or employ those that already exist that at least to me seem to describe the condition described in the article.

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