Strasser on feelings – cont..

I’m continuing from where I left it last time. Strasser suggests that therapy is an opportunity for the clients to absorb a dialectic mode of being: of ways to open up to relating with themselves and others, agreeing/disagreeing, questioning and challenging their own assumptions and contradictions. Empathy is the most important element of therapy, while felt senses and emotions play a vital part as they are always present and they disclose the client’s world view [so feelings are not reactive, they are disclosing something]. Better understanding emotional experiences would assist clients, in rediscovering and creating values, meanings and behavioural systems, while becoming more aware of their rigid sedimentations.


But what is an emotion? I mean How can we understanding it? How come we tend to see emotions as reactive and primitive against our superior logical reasoning? Can we really grasp our or our emotional experiences, within words? Or through our bodies, even through silence? Hillman [in this book by Freddie Starsser] gives an answer I liked: describing emotions as : ‘ a curious and overwhelming confusion… a kind of scepticism about the possibility of theorising about emotions’, highlighting the mystery and elusiveness involved with emotional experiences, against needs to clearly know what is going on and being in secure control over our emotions. Also that sometimes it might be more fruitful to just allow the time and space for an emotion to exist, I see the importance of staying silent sometimes and really experience the feeling in our bodies…