The myths about what we're supposed to feel as new mothers run strong and deep. . . . While joy and elation are surely present after a new baby has entered our lives, it is also within the realm of possibility that other feelings might crop up: neediness, fear, ambivalence, anger.
(Sally Placksin (20th century), U.S. writer and producer. Mothering the New Mother, ch. 1 (1994).)
I am absolutely sure that a lot of Daddy anger has more to do with unrealized dreams than with messy rooms. Trust me. You're not really angry at your kids. You're angry at somebody else, somebody who is a far less distinguished person than he dreamed of being.
Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other "isms," it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, June 13, 1966, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Dallas, Texas.)
... two great areas of deafness existed in the South: White Southerners had no ears to hear that which threatened their Dream. And colored Southerners had none to hear that which could reduce their anger.
(Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 1, ch. 16 (1962).
Boyle, a white Virginian, was remembering what the American South was like at the commencement of the 1950s civil rights movement.)
Children treat their friends differently than they treat the other people in their lives. A friendship is a place for experimenting with new ways of handling anger and aggression. It is an arena for practicing reciprocity, testing assertiveness, and searching for compromise in ways children would not try with parents or siblings.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Toddlers and Preschoolers, ch. 6 (1994).)