24 Jun 2010
I'm a complete amateur thinker, and have done no research, so I hesitate to differ with the author. But I can't help thinking, for example, how women's natures are more encouraged than mens, and how the ubiquitous narcissism of western society needs to be addressed first. Are many of the "emotions" experienced by westerners today more like the reactions of a brat, for example. Also, do people "feel" less because of the absence of proper role models in their childhood?
30 Dec 2010
Sorry, Scott, but I just found your comment. When it comes to emotions, we are all more or less amateurs. Modern societies are very confused and confusing about them. For example, there are some two dozen different meanings assigned to the word LOVE in unabridged dictionarys.
So if someone tell you that they love you, it would be quite in order to ask them what they mean!
In my own life, I didn't have a clue about most of my own emotions til I stumbled on them at the age of 40. And yes, most of us, certainly me, merely copy our parent's ways. My Dad's way of manging emotions was to repress them all except anger, which therefore was virtually always present.
That's the way I was til 40. I plan to write about this in a future blog on the Iconoclast.