Benefits of the Negative Emotions
Challenges us to right a wrong; calls us to decisive action to protect from harm something that we judge to be of genuine value;
it leads to action in pursuit of justice.
affirms the necessary boundaries that support our sense of self; warns of the risks of premature exposure; protects the privacy that makes genuine intimacy possible;
it is one of the roots of personal dignity.
reminds us of the shape of our best self; alerts us to discrepancies between ideals and behavior; defends the commitments and value-choices through which we give meaning to our life;
it supports our sense of personal integrity.
alerts us that something has become intolerable; ordinary (rather than clinical) depression invites us to re-examine our life; its misery motivares us to face a challenge or loss we have been avoiding;
it can ready us for mature grieving and change.
WHITEHEAD, E.A. – WHITEHEAD, J.D., Shadows of the Heart, (U.S.A. 2003), 7.