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Aganactesis

 

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Description

A feeling of deep indignation leads to an exclaimed outburst.

Example

Good grief! What on earth are you doing!!

You stupid, foolish, idiotic, daft little boy!

Discussion

Aganactesis is often an uncontrolled (or perhaps partially controlled) outburst and, as such, has a certain honesty about it. It often includes aspects of anger, horror and frustration. It shows something of the speaker's real feelings and can cause surprise and shock (and hence change). Even if they apologize, what is said cannot be unsaid.

This natural quality may also be taken up deliberately, feigning the outburst in order to say things that would not be otherwise socially acceptable. When a person becomes aroused and makes such outbursts, then it is generally accepted that they are 'temporarily insane' and unable to follow values and social norms. 

Classification: Emotion

See also

Emotional arousal, Values

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