Thursday, July 3, 2014

Figuratively but Literally

A reader asked me whether the descriptions of the emotions’ containers mentioned in the book should be taken literally or figuratively. Obviously, these containers physically do not exist, so their definitions should be taken figuratively. At the same time, Secret Techniques for Controlling Sadness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions is meant to be a guide for controlling one’s bothersome emotions, and as you follow the instructions you’ll feel an emotion appearing in a specific, dedicated area of your torso, which “contains” that feeling. So, from the subjective point of view of somebody who’s experiencing the appearance of a given emotion, the existence of containers becomes literal.