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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PRESCRIBED PROSCRIBED EMOTIONAL RITUALS REPRESS+970101 %BONDS PRISON LIBERATION EXPRESSION HONEST DIALOGUE+970101 %REBELLION COMMUNAL PERSONAL INTEGRITY CONFLICT LAW 970101 In a community in which there are prescriptions regarding proper and improper emotional expressions it is not prudent/possible to be open and honest about personal emotions. Emotional honesty would undermine the collusive games of mutual self deception which hold the society "together." The social "order" would break down! Often social prescriptions tell members of a community when and how it is "proper" to permit their emotions to be expressed. On other occasions it is "improper" to permit emotions to be expressed. When emotions are traditionally bound up and not free to express themselves, there are bound to be tensions and contentions which hide just below the surface of daily expressions. Under those circumstances it is bound to be difficult to properly regulate the expression of emotions in proper ritualistic ways. There are bound to be rebellious tendencies within the context of ritualistic expressions which are in keeping with the prescriptions of emotional expressions. Such emotional "expressions" are bound to be meaningless, insignificant, and not satisfactory. People who are bound up in such emotional "expressions" are bound to learn that expressing emotions does not merit respect---and so eventually contribute to the pattern of prescriptions and proscriptions which will continue to make emotional expressions unworthy of respect or support. Whenever any condition operates to augment the condition itself there is bound to be an exponential/geometric growth of the condition. Thus the communal condition which inhibits the open and honest expression of emotions is bound to lead to dishonest expressions of emotions which do not merit respect or support---and so to disrespect for emotional expressions and further inhibitions of open and honest expressions of emotions. For the above reasons it is important for people of integrity to help communities to work towards liberating members of the community to be free to be vulnerable in open and honest intimate relationships---and to express emotions in ways which will inform the community of conflicts which need to be resolved in win-win ways which will relieve tensions, contentions and bonds which inhibit creative problem solving. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================