An introduction to homotopy theory via groupoids and by Philip R Heath

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He was always sorry afterwards. The most recent time, he said was when he had smashed his fist into the wall whilst doing some DIY. ‘A red mist came down; I just snapped’ he said. The ‘rules’ (conventions) for the correct use of an emotion, Harré and Gillett (1994: pp. 149–50) say, fall naturally into four groups: (1) (2) (3) (4) felt bodily disturbance; characteristic display (how we ‘do’ the emotion); the word we choose to describe the emotion; the social act (communication). (1) Having a strong bodily reaction when we feel an emotion gives it powerful emotional force.

This is not to say that a person ‘intentionally’ sets out to achieve all this when they are expressing an emotion; nor, conversely, are they ‘unaware’ (unconscious) of their actions. It may simply be because, like the fish that does not notice the water in which it is swimming, we do not notice the many complex issues involved when we are feeling and expressing emotions. Helen wondered about the accompanying emotions linked to Elisabeth’s distress; what stories and scenarios did she connect to when she described herself as a ‘bad mother’?

Patterns of conversations with one’s parents, brothers, sisters, teachers and classmates and government officials produce the “self” that we know ourselves to be’ (pp. 250–1). Kate’s family and social group stories involved everybody working very hard; until the accident Kate had had two jobs including helping in the family business. A ‘normal’ fully functioning person was busy, active and gregarious, which also fitted their middle-class values. A ‘self-indulgent’ (‘lazy’) person was ‘not normal’.

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