ANGER MANAGEMENT ARSENAL – Don McMahon
One of the most ubquitous characteristics of the aaa and their media masters is a level of anger that does not correspond with any reality or actual circumstances at AFC. The black scarf movement, the Wenger out brigade, the vitrolic aaa and the media taking umbrage at the slightest whiff of Arsenal uncertainty or rumours therein all represent an exaggerated and irrational excess of anger and frustration.
I recently read an excellent article on the net in an online journal I follow. This struck a cord and helped me understand the depth and degree of anger that the above miscreants display.
Angry people tend to rely on cognitive shortcuts — easy rules of thumb — rather than on more systematic reasoning. They’re also quick to blame individuals, rather than aspects of a situation, for problems. — Harvard Business Review
What this is saying is as follows :
- Angry people suspend their complex, balanced and rational thinking and use convenient stereotypical thinking. Thus, an aaa will come on UA and make a generic statement that he may have heard repeated in the media (ie : Wenger has lost the plot) and repeat it ceaselessly, regardless of it being complete rubbish or any efforts to enlighten him.
- An angry aaa fanboy will blame Wenger or Kroenke, the physio or one player for everything, not crediting our injury problems, referee bias or other proven facts that must be taken into account.
The second part of the article talks about some common psychological consequences of ongoing anger :
Even when the object of subsequent judgements bears no relation to the source of one’s anger, anger increases:
(1) a desire to blame individuals,rather than circumstances,thus : Ozil is lazy, unmotivated or a primadonna and its his fault that Arsenal are so bad.
(2) tendencies to overlook mitigating details before attributing blame, therefore : Walter’s referee reviews are meaningless, our injuries are no worse than other teams, etc.
(3) tendencies to perceive ambiguous behaviour as hostile, thus : anyone who proposes a counter-argument, supports the club or offers insight into the actual situation Arsenal live with is an enemy who must be destroyed.
(4) tendencies to discount the role of uncontrollable factors when attributing causality, thus our poor performances are all due to poor tactics, bad transfers, over-reliance on youth, failure to buy superstars, etc.
(5) punitiveness in response to witnessing mistakes made by others thus : aaa criticism of true UA supporters is almost always based on errors committed long ago by the Club, or minor spelling or mathematical miscalculations, or whatever unrelated and unimportant ancillary facts the critic can scrape together.
Basically what this is saying is that anger can drive one to be mean and over-sensitive.
Therefore, we at UA strongly suggest that those suffering from anger management issues refrain from commenting on UA until they have taken a lot of deep breaths, oxygenated the blood supply, and resumed a normal level of equilibrium and a more positive point of view.