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Banned emotions : how metaphors can shape what people feel

Author: Laura Otis
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who benefits and who loses when emotions are described in particular ways? How do metaphors such as "hold on" and "let go" affect people's emotional experiences? Banned Emotions, written by neuroscientist-turned-literary scholar Laura Otis, draws on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to challenge popular attempts to suppress certain emotions. This interdisciplinary book breaks taboos by exploring  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Otis
ISBN: 9780190698904 019069890X
OCLC Number: 1054269102
Description: xii, 186 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: discouraging metaphors --
The bodily and cultural roots of emotion metaphors --
Wallowing in self-pity --
The sound and smell of suffering --
Making suffering visible --
Detached and circling: metaphors for the emotions of women scorned --
Conclusion: metaphors matter in emotion regulation.
Responsibility: Laura Otis.

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Who benefits and who loses when emotions are described in particular ways? How do metaphors such as "hold on" and "let go" affect people's emotional experiences? Banned Emotions, written by neuroscientist-turned-literary scholar Laura Otis, draws on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to challenge popular attempts to suppress certain emotions. This interdisciplinary book breaks taboos by exploring emotions in which people are said to "indulge": self-pity, prolonged crying, chronic anger, grudge-bearing, bitterness, and spite. By focusing on metaphors for these emotions in classic novels, self-help books, and popular films, Banned Emotions exposes their cultural and religious roots. Examining works by Dante, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Forster, and Woolf in parallel with Bridesmaids, Fatal Attraction, and Who Moved My Cheese?, Banned Emotions traces pervasive patterns in the ways emotions are represented that can make people so ashamed of their feelings, they may stifle emotions they need to work through. The book argues that emotion regulation is a political as well as a biological issue, affecting not only which emotions can be expressed, but who can express them, when, and how. --

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An overwhelmed freshman tells me that she feels that she ought not to dump her emotions on others, and I realize for the first time, with shock, what view of human interiority this metaphor implies. Read more...

 
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