Season One, Episode Eight: Does happiness define the good? (EF10)
DEDICATION: Episode EF9 is dedicated to William James, the father of American psychology whose constant emotional struggles resulted in prolific work in the field of psychology. James hard work on untangling the emotional knot further helped us realize how much influence emotions have on our decisions. Also, how much chaos, but also greatness they can cause. Because sometimes, value is greater than the truth.
Elliott made a terrible mistake that’s been haunting him ever since. As if rafting through Class V rapids without a paddle, Elliott’s sanity is inches away from crashing into sharp rocks of guilt, shame and sadness. Where do we turn when it feels like our emotions have us hurtling out of control in dangerous waters? And is there any hope for recovery even once you’ve faced the reality of your situation head-on, in light of the power of these emotional currents? We all have emotions, but what are they and do we need them? David Hume felt we are nothing more than slaves to our passions. And maybe so! Countless theories like the Hurrah/Boo Theory show that we’ll jump onto the emotional bandwagon of the masses almost instinctively. Why? To feel safe. But is there a way to break the secure chains of emotions? Is there a way to rationalize the irrational, reason the unreasonable and be ultimately be masters of our feelings?