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February 19, 2008

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Joe

I'm suspicious of those touch-feely approaches too. The particularly feel-good approach of "finding your center" or letting it go gives mindfulness approaches to dealing with problems a bad rap. The moment of being angry is usually though revealing though, which is why I suspect some people tend towards trying to get rid of it or pretend it isn't real, while others immerse themselves in it precisely to blind themselves to it.

I don't know about you or a lot of other people, but I think being angry sucks; I don't like it. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen though and for reasons too, which for me has always meant a different kind of engagement with it than those two I draw above. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I suppose it's like taking it seriously (i.e. acknowledge it and its meaning) in order that I do not deceive myself with a more comfortably unserious orientation (i.e. immersing myself in it or telling myself it doesn't matter).

blahfeme

hey Jodi. Sorry: only just got to this. Thanks for taking this up... you are SO right about about the bluff and thunder that surrounds authenticising discourses on anger. I guess what you are talking about in your kind of anger is precisely that anger that moves, motivates, gets you moving (poerhaps we might link it to passion, committment?). You are right that such an anger is, as they used to say, righteous. It can be tremendously productive. What interests me is whether that view is culturally specific o transferable... do we Brits (whoever thay are) o this differntly? I have no idea, but great response. Hope you're well. xx

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