On feelings, emotion and privacy
October 23, 2007
Stephen Fineman’s distinction between feeling (the private experience) and emotion (the public performance of that feeling) is interesting to consider through the lens of this quote from Adam Phillips’ New York Times piece Grief on Demand from 1997- a reflection on the death of Diana and the scolding of the royal family because of their lack of publicly expressed emotion.
If emotions are considered to be real only when one is seen having them, preferably by people one doesn’t know, it implies that for better and for worse, we no longer know what to make of what we once called privacy.
That quote is so rich it refuses to leave me alone…
I am so enjoying the newly liberated archives of the New York Times..