Monthly Archives: March 2013


The New Behavior Online

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
It's happening now. More than twenty fascinating thinkers and doers have accepted our invitation to blog here. The group includes many names you know. And with an eye to the future, we have included some gifted new voices whose names you may not know. Not yet, that is. Check back here to see their ...

The Most Powerful Emotion of All

Friday, March 15th, 2013
Burning BooksFor centuries, poets and priests have reflected on the influence of emotion, noting its ability to suddenly take control of thought and behavior. After reading Paul Ekman’s research on universal emotions, I was curious to know which emotion is most powerful. Some would suggest it is love. Having begun my career as a domestic violence counselor for violent and abusive men, I have direct knowledge of how powerful anger and rage can be, often trumping the intentions of love. Is there anything more powerful than anger and rage? I decided that I would answer the question through research. Because I wanted my results to be robust, I collected a very large amount of data (approximately 13 million subjects). With a preference for practical methods, I used a methodology that can be easily replicated by anyone with internet access, Google Books in particular. Using the search engine’s ability to locate each instance that a specific word group appears in written literature, I counted the number of hits for phrases such as “anger made me” or “sadness made me,” each time substituting a different emotional term. The results were both surprising and obvious, once I thought about it.