Why Are We So Angry?

Dec 12, 2018

America has always been an angry nation, says the writer Charles Duhigg. But these days our anger out of hand. Duhigg joins us explore the power of anger, how it works, and how it can be turned back into a national strength.

America has always been an angry nation, says the writer Charles Duhigg. Our political system, he says, is rooted in fierce debate. Even the American dream is fueled by discontent. But these days, Duhigg says, our is anger out of hand and unproductive. We direct it not at people we know, but at “distant groups that are easy to demonize,” and that kind of anger is unhealthy. Duhigg joins us explore the power of anger, how it works, and how it can be turned back into a national strength.

Charles Duhigg is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the books The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better. His new article "Why Are We So Angry?" is the cover story of the January/February issue of The Atlantic.