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Banned Emotions: How Metaphors Can Shape What People Feel

Laura Otis


Who benefits, and who loses, when emotions are described in particular ways? How can metaphors such as “hold on” and “let go” affect people’s emotional experiences? Banned Emotions draws on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to challenge popular ideas about emotions that should supposedly be suppressed. This interdisciplinary book breaks taboos by exploring emotions in which people are said to “indulge”: self-pity, prolonged crying, chronic anger, grudge-bearing, bitterness, and spite. By focusing on metaphors for these emotions in classic novels, self-help books, and popular f ... More

Keywords: emotion, metaphor, crying, self-pity, emotion regulation, suppression, reappraisal, politics of emotion, gender and emotion, attachment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190698904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190698904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Otis, author
Emory University