Monday, December 15, 2008

Why moderation in emotions?

Again, from "Nihil Nimus":

" [According to Baumeister, Heatherton, and Tice (1994)]:
  • When people rush mindlessly, they respond so exclusively to their emotional needs that they are unlikely to solve more important problems.
  • High emotions elicits high arousal, which consumes the very energy needed for self-stopping; states of high emotions are therefore self-sustaining beyond the point of diminishing returns.
  • High emotions invite thoughts with broadly meaningful understandings (e.g., concerns about the worth of one's writing and of oneself) and these, in turn, risk the inhibitions, such as blocking, that exist at similarly high level."

My thoughts:
"Romanticism", the opposite of moderation in emotion, is deeply rooted in what I call Mideastern religion triplet (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and related cultures, and is an important separation point between these religions/cultures view of the world and the far-east practices like Zen and Taoism. The roots are so deep that when we (in the first culture) approach the these practices, we do it in a romantic way. Our lives are more defined by "being good or bad" than simple "being". We take pride in going to excess, in emotions, in achievements, etc. but we are not aware of it most of the times.


  1. Can you explain your point of view a little further?

  2. I tried Arash, just now, but cannot explain more ... takes a lot of energy :)


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