All emotions are healthy- anger, worry, and sadness as frightened behaviors

the escalations of fear leading to courage

Could all emotions actually be healthy? A radical (behavioral, functional) model of human emotion:

First, a few new definitions: scared, mad, worried, and sad


scared– experiencing a present fear or distress (can produce calling for help, moaning, crying, weeping, whining)

English: A child sad that his hot dog fell to ...

English: A tearful child, sad that his hot dog fell to the ground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emotion: Fear

Emotion: Fear (Photo credit: Cayusa)

worried– projecting fear in to an imagined future (as a method of coping with present fright/horror/terror). The event that “worried me” or “makes me worry” is being projected in to the future, which “spreads” the practice of fearing across a projected or imagined period of time, diminishing the immediacy and intensity of a frightening, terrifying, or horrifying disturbance. This projecting in to a distant or nearby future can “desensitize” someone to the fear of a particular outcome, slowing allowing for relief and relaxation.

Note that hysterical, paranoid agonizing, also known as “the fear of fear itself,” is one of the most extreme forms of fearing. The labeling of any emotions as “negative” is the natural “coping mechanism” of any culture of hysterical paranoia, which tend to be quite anxiously arrogant and thus repressive of the terrifying power of emotion (vitality). In other words, the display of many “frightening” emotions would trigger a display by a paranoid audience of terrified blame and condemnation (rage)….


Figure 15 from Charles Darwin's The Expression...

Figure 15 from Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Caption reads “FIG. 15.—Cat terrified at a dog. From life, by Mr. Wood.” Author’s signature is at bottom left. See also figures 9-14 and 18 by the same author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



mad– pushing away whatever is perceived as a threat (feared). We only have contempt for people that we fear may detriment us personally, right? Do we have contempt for puppies or the sun? Do we condemn anything that does not first frighten or disturb us?
All frightened behaviors, including anger, are designed to produce a distancing from a perceived “ongoing threat” (or a reducing of or neutralizing of the perceived threat). Some increasingly severe forms of fear are frustration, blame, resentment, arrogance, rage, contempt, and disgust.
Frustration involves a desperate desire to escape (to experience relief), but with a recognition that the methods currently perceived as available are not expected to produce the desired outcome. In other words, fear and desperation (despair) are at the root of frustration and thus all forms of anger. Frustration does not need to be personally accusative, but a common way of coping with frustration is to seek interaction and attention by blaming someone for “unfairly” (unexpectedly) interfering with one’s priority. Frustration is produced by “whining to one’s self,” like an indirect call for attention through a small tantrum of frustration. We can build a fear in to an anxiety by whining privately, which is the activity of agonizing or anxiety, which can then escalate to frustration. Frustration is the moment of disconnecting from an obsessive pre-occupation with a method that has been recognized as not working for some time. After the arising of frustration, only then further relief (disappointment and then disillusionment or the ending of illusions and arising of clarity) is possible.

“Worried!” Or just on the verge of tears? (Photo credit: photoloni)

sad– projecting fear in to past (as in regret for a particular historical sequence that allegedly led to a later outcome that is being labeled “negative”). Like the behaviors of anger listed above, all forms of sadness are forms of withdrawing from a frightening or disturbing “trigger” (“fleeing” from the original fear or shock).
Implicit with sadness is worrying about a possible repeating of a similar historical sequence in the future. Thus, sadness is a form of worry, with the worrying being about a past sequence of events, implicitly wondering how to avoid a particular outcome in the future. Disappointment is worrying “about the past.” Depression is just a severe, paralyzing form of agonizing/practicing anxiety. If one is afraid that others will perceive them as worrying (or angry) and punish them for being afraid, then they may suppress the fear and worrying and anger in to disappointment, sadness, grief, or depression.
English: A sad person

English: A sad person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As for the commercial business of suppressing emotion through the use of potentially poisonous pharmaceutical medications, it is admittedly a very lucrative business, which also involves the insurance industry and public (governmental) protection of and subsidy of these industries. Resentment toward the systematic repression of human emotion for the exclusive profit of shareholders and investors is… entirely optional, like resentment toward a cold winter or a dangerous earthquake.
Yes, someone could assert that there has been a “war” on emotion and vitality by governments and churches and commercial interests for thousands of years. Any process that organizes society will involve encouragement of certain behaviors and discouragement of certain behaviors. So, we could say that there is a war on any behavior targeted for discouragement, such as by labeling it a sin, diagnosing it as a disease which may be alleged to demonically possess it’s victim (as in cancer, mental illness, scurvy, baldness, obesity, diabetes, etc), or even punishing a targeted behavior as a crime.
English: Biting one's lip can be a physical ma...

English: Biting one’s lip can be a physical manifestation of worry. Español: Morderse los labios puede ser una manifestación externa de inquietud. Русский: Плачущая девочка. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Language is behavioral. Labeling of emotion is a neuro-chemical behavior (neuro-linguistic). Fundamentally, emotions are patterns of behavior, including behavioral relationships observable at a cellular level (and thus the functional patterns labeled as “emotion” can be influenced by nutritional and pharmaceutical interventions).
Many people might assert that “the business of suppressing certain emotions is a new threat,” and then seek to blame specific groups or individuals for a culture that may be labeled anti-emotion (or anti-human). Again, while that reaction of terrified blame is entirely predictable (and common, thus evidencing the validity of the above model), that reaction is also entirely optional (as in potentially temporary or brief).
When one is no longer disturbed by words, then one cannot be disturbed by the various linguistic labels of some emotions as “negative” or “dangerous” or “evil.” From the perspective of someone who is terrified of a certain emotion or even a certain conceptual model in language, it is natural to label anything terrifying or embarrassing as “sin,” “illness,” or even “crime.”
In other words, the repressing of emotion is itself emotional. Repression (condemnation, repulsion, etc) is emotional (more specifically, fearful).
All human cultures involve fear (repression of taboos) like all human cultures involve language or diet. To fear one’s culture may be very healthy, as in to notice and respect the danger of the operations of organized violence (gangs, governments, etc) within that culture. To have contempt for a culture of fear is to practice the programs of that culture through a terrified contempt toward that culture.
Ironically, recognizing that cultural programs of frightened contempt are in fact just cultural programs of frightened contempt is the disillusioning or dissolving of the programs. Prior to such dissolving, we could call the terrified contempt a form of denial (lack of clarity, lack of maturity). Subsequent to such dissolving, w can call the terrified contempt the process of maturing, of clarifying.

Could sadness be a form of fear? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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