Acting Out Emotions Versus Acting On Emotions
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 15 July 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 15 July 2012, I answered a question on acting out emotions versus acting on emotions.
What's the difference between acting on emotions and acting out emotions? Emotions sometimes cry out for bodily expression, such as hitting something when you're angry. Is "acting out emotions" in that way a form of emotionalism? How is it different, if at all, from acting on emotions?
My Answer, In Brief: Emotions often require some form of bodily expression, but a person should use his reason to judge what's appropriate, rather than simply indulging emotions without thought.
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