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Single Idea 4909

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions / g. Controlling emotions]

Full Idea

We try to manipulate our emotions all the time, but all we are doing is arranging the outside world so it triggers certain emotions - we cannot control our reactions directly.

Gist of Idea

The only way we can control our emotions is by manipulating the outside world that influences them


Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind [1998], p.155)

Book Reference

Carter,Rita: 'Mapping the Mind' [Phoenix 2000], p.155

A Reaction

This seems to me to throw a very illuminating light on a huge amount of human behaviour, such as going to the cinema or listening to music. The romantic movement encouraged direct internal manipulation. Compare sex fantasies with viewing pornography.