Astringencies

The Unseemliness of Incontinent Emotional Expression

At the end of an interview recently, I was asked whether people should express their emotions. I replied that it rather depended on the emotions that they had and their mode of expression. There were some emotions that were best kept to oneself, and some ways of expressing them that were disgusting. This is not a fashionable view, of course. Not only is failure to express an emotion regarded by many as treason to the self, but almost as medically dangerous, in that an unexpressed emotion will turn inwards and result in a kind of emotional septicaemia, eventually emerging as…

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