By Jerome Neu
Is jealousy eliminable? if this is the case, at what rate? What are the connections among satisfaction the sin and the satisfaction insisted on by way of id politics? How can one query an individual's knowing in their personal happiness or override a society's account of its personal rituals? What makes a sexual hope "perverse," or specific sexual family members (such as incestuous ones) bad or maybe unthinkable? those and different questions on what sustains and threatens our id are pursued utilizing the assets of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and different disciplines. The dialogue all through is expert and inspired via the Spinozist wish that knowing our lives can assist switch them, might help make us extra unfastened.
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Darwin writes: It is scarcely possible to point out any difference between the tear-stained face of a person after a paroxysm of excessive laughter and after a bitter crying-fit. It is probably due to the close similarity of the spasmodic movements caused by these widely different emotions that hysteric patients alternately cry and laugh with violence, and that young children sometimes pass suddenly from the one to the other state. Mr. Swinhoe informs me that he has often seen the Chinese, when suffering from deep grief, burst out into hysterical fits of laughter.
In any given case this may be plausible. Is it always? Note first that the active thoughts need not be unconscious. In fact, Darwin refers to associated thoughts of grief at reunions (214-15). There need be nothing mysterious or hidden about the emergence of delayed affect in such cases. All the relevant thoughts may be fully conscious. But suppose a person denies the presence of sad thoughts. There are tears, but the occasion is apparently "A TEAR IS AN INTELLECTUAL THING" 33 one of unalloyed happiness.
They are in a sense equivalent. On this reading, all tears may be tears of sorrow, but not because there are no tears of joy or because on happy occasions there are associated sad thoughts, but because they come, ultimately, to the same thing. That we cry is a sign that we are moved, but that is an undifferentiated state, which we come (in time) to sort out in terms of associated situations and thoughts. "Tears, Idle Tears" There is little reason to believe that animals other than human beings weep, that is, shed tears in sorrow or grief.
A Tear Is an Intellectual Thing: The Meanings of Emotion by Jerome Neu