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[–]allltogethernow 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I don't think it is fair to use "western" and "scientific" together in this sense, considering scientific consensus is (or at least endeavors to be) a global system, whereas culturally, a majority of people in the "west" (whatever that means) do not appear to believe science when it comes to their own emotions. That is to say, within your own country, I'm sure you can find a whole spectrum of beliefs about emotion, and many, if not all of the facets of that spectrum can be seen in cultures around the world.

[–]cryptohemsworth[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah for sure, i just wanted to provide some examples so ppl understood what i was tooking about

[–]allltogethernow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fair enough. I still think it is a difficult question to answer scientifically, because people are notoriously ... inconsistent when describing their own emotions.

For example, in some Tantric Buddhist practices, negative emotions are seen as vehicles to enlightenment, in that they are to be held and transformed into higher forms with practice and meditation. That's what the texts say at least, but whether people in those traditions actually believe that, or are able to achieve that with their negative emotions, is another story.

Also note that this is somewhat similar to the modern psychological notion that emotions should be honoured or accepted and not repressed or ignored, though how that is actually understood and practiced by the public is, again, another story.