Some alienated individuals, feeling rejected by the community or unable to succeed according to its rules, repudiate the society of others and adopt a hostile, aggressive, or destructive attitude toward the group and all its members. It is a little recognized truth that feeling angry is more agreeable than feeling frightened or sad or depressed. Most people, if they try, can identify occasions or circumstances in which they self-indulgently permit themselves to cultivate and express irritation; driving alone in traffic is a situation in which many of us enjoy muttering criticisms about the skills, character, or parentage of other drivers. I can get reliably irritated reading the letters to the editor or certain columnists in the newspaper and there is no doubt that I feel stronger, more vigorous and self-confident when I am irritated than I do when I am feeling worried or apprehensive or discouraged. I can remember at least a couple of times, when my children were small, when I guiltily realized that I was being sharp and irritable with them, not as a responsible parent but because it made me feel better than I had felt before they gave me the excuse to get angry. Many people can be seen to hoard grievances and develop a kind of chronic irritability as they get older because, when one is irritated, the juices start flowing and one feels stronger, more puissant.