The positive and negative effects of anger on dispute resolution: evidence from electronically mediated disputes.

  title={The positive and negative effects of anger on dispute resolution: evidence from electronically mediated disputes.},
  author={Ray Friedman and Cameron Anderson and Jeanne M. Brett and Mara Olekalns and Nathan Goates and Cara Cherry Lisco},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  volume={89 2},
Scholars have argued that anger expressed by participants in mediation is counterproductive; yet, there is also reason to believe that expressions of anger can be productive. The authors tested these competing theories of emotion by using data from online mediation. Results show that expression of anger lowers the resolution rate in mediation and that this effect occurs in part because expressing anger generates an angry response by the other party. However, when respondents are especially… 

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