Suppression is futile

Why Thought Suppression is Counter-Productive

It is better to confront your thoughts and emotions and work through them. Trying to distract yourself, with speculative philosophy for example, is counter-productive.

Suppressed emotion tends to show itself anyhow in a deformed manner. Certain ancient philosophers (e.g. Socrates, Plato) tried to suppress their emotion in favour of ‘reason’. In not confronting and dealing with their emotions, they came to hate and reject this world in favour of another. In trying to idealise mankind in themselves through reason they only deformed it. That’s the real practical joke.


One Response to “Suppression is futile”

  1. damienadupont Says:

    I don’t know why you think Plato and Socrates tried to suppress their emotions or where you get that they hated and rejected this world, or that they deformed mankind.

    Just a couple of quick examples – Socrates partied with the wealthiest, most connected people in Athens, and was married to a woman about 40 years his junior. When he died around 70, he had children under the age of 10. And he famously said he had no idea whether there was anything after death, but did appear to believe in reincarnation. Not exactly the life of an ascetic.

    Plato was a very wealthy aristocrat who was reported to have a beautiful home appointed with luxurious rugs. And his tripartite theory of the soul only works if the emotions work in concert with the reasoning part to control the appetites. Plato also appears to have favored the idea that there is reincarnation rather than some heavenly escape.

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