Feeling Guilty for Emotions
Webcast Q&A: 18 September 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on feeling guilty for emotions on 18 September 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should a person feel guilty about his emotions? Sometimes I feel emotions that I know are misplaced, such as envy at a co-worker's promotion or anger at a friend's mistake. What should my response be to these emotions? Should I feel guilty about them? Should I change them – and if so, how?
My Answer, In Brief: If you're caught up in a storm of emotions, you'll never be able to resolve emotional problems. Instead, introspect about the causes of your emotions, then distance yourself from wrong emotions by focusing on the facts.
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