Welcome to

New Ideas in Psychology and Idealism

The Strange World of Emotion

Emotions :

what they are and how to identify them.

Explore the roles of emotions and beliefs
character development,
idealism, sexuality, and spirituality,
and in
the generation of confusion and conflict.

The application of emotion theory to basic issues of life leads the person down strange pathways.  The world of emotion is a strange world.

Welcome to Strangeness !

The articles on this site are divided into two parts.

First part

I present my ideas on emotion and on the process of abreaction. I use a traditional model of consciousness, which I bring up to date in order to enable me to define what an emotion is. Then I show how to identify emotions once a sufficient level of awareness has been developed. Once this identification is accomplished, the process of abreaction can then be detected and analysed. The pivotal role of anxiety within the subconscious mind can then be understood.

Second part

These articles depends on the ideas put forward in the first part. I apply these ideas to an exploration of the emotional dynamics that underlie many fields of individual and social activities. This exploration often opens new avenues for understanding old problems. Most articles in this section range between sexuality, bonding, confusion, morality and ethics, spirituality and faith, relationships and partnerships, and idealism.

In addition, these ideas have major relevance to all forms of psycho-therapy, whether cognitive, Freudian psychoanalysis, Rogerian counselling, etc.


Introduction 1

Emotions and their characteristics

E 1. The basic model + unconscious ideas.

E 2. Characteristics of emotions.

E 3. Identifying emotions.

Abreaction – Enter a world of confusion

A 1. Role of anxiety + definition of psychoanalysis.

A 2. Laws of the unconscious mind.

A 3. Catharsis and suggestion.

A 4. Resentment and bitterness.

A 5. Forgiveness and acceptance.


Introduction 2

List of additional articles

Links to my other websites
on psychology, philosophy and spirituality
plus special interests and I.T. resources.

My Profile and Photos

List of articles by Readers & other Writers

The three articles on emotion and the five articles on abreaction are all long articles. On my website  World of Emotion, they are split up into much smaller page sizes in order to make them easier to read and digest. See Links page for the address.

The copyright is mine, and the articles are free to use. 
They can be reproduced anywhere, so long as the source is acknowledged.

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Ian Heath
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