A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Open Thread: Disappointment or anger?

Which is worse: To be angry with someone, or to be disappointed in someone?

Lead me to the truth, friends.

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At 3/5/08, 9:52 PM, Anonymous Miss Profe said...

For me, it is being disappointed with someone. When people don't meet my expectations, or do what it is they are supposed to do, that's disappointing to me.

At 3/5/08, 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointed is worse. Angry is easier to deal with, and blows over. Disappointment just lingers, waffling around in regrets.


At 3/6/08, 5:26 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Oh, disappointed is MUCH worse. It involves dashed hopes and broken confidences and leaves one questioning the future. Anger, by comparison, is easy.

At 3/7/08, 7:40 AM, Blogger Me said...

Dissapointment is harder... at least anger gets me off my butt and makes me do something to change the situation. With disappoinment, I can rarely do anything to fix the problem.

At 3/8/08, 6:56 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I don't deal with anger well. I tend to go off half cocked, write e-mails, call people up, and then regret it all. When I'm disappointed, I don't do any of those stupid things. So on the whole I'd rather be disappointed, there's less sh-t to deal with later. Unless of course I get angry because some one disappointed me.

At 3/10/08, 10:19 AM, Anonymous ricki said...

Disappointment is worse.

When I was a teen, what kept me out of trouble (in part) was the thought of having to sit across the kitchen table from my parents, and tell them:

"I was picked up for shoplifting"
"I got kicked out of prep school"
"I'm pregnant."

None of those things ever happened because I pictured the DISAPPOINTMENT that would be there in their faces and voices - and that would hurt worse than their anger ever could.

Anger - at least from another person - is easier to write off than disappointment is.

And I'd rather be angry at someone than disappointed in them; for me, anger doesn't last as long as disappointment does.


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