Therapeutic moaning anneals national neurosis

These are my reading adventures of the week.

From Wendy Bancroft , a comment she posted in Bibliotherapy group on Book Blogs:

…how do you help a child to learn about the tension between protection of brother and desire to right an injustice….and the potential of hurting another in the process?

My observation – The question distinguishes two ensuing means to an end.

From  Alex Stevenson in his article Royal Wedding: Even cynics will be cheered up, on Yahoo Politics, UK.  According to popular anthropologist Kate Fox, whose book Watching The English remains one of the best recent analyses of our national character,

we can all be relied on to engage in a bit of ‘mock-moaning’ whenever the opportunity arises. “In all English moaning rituals,” she writes,” there is a tacit understanding that nothing can or will be done about the problems we are moaning about… our ritual moaning is purely therapeutic, not strategic or purposeful: the moan is an end in itself.”

My thesis: Therapeutic moaning anneals national neurosis.

Elaine’s doublet “from HATE to LOVE,” on Hidden Heartbeat:

it’s such a big word HATE and to remove hate from this world
you will need to HAVE a force much bigger and stronger. so look up higher, above HOVE from “hova” the hebrew word for Jehovah, who is God. God is LOVE and pure agape love is much bigger than hate could ever be.

My inspiration: clever does it!

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4 Responses to Therapeutic moaning anneals national neurosis

  1. Bobbi says:

    I sometimes tell my husband that I want to just “moan for bit”…but I already have a solution for my problem. He always tries to help me out…who asked for help? HAHA! Have a nice day!!

  2. Barbara H. says:

    Thanks so much for joining in today! I hope you’ll make it a habit. 🙂

    I’ve heard some people call it “venting.” Sometimes I feel like that — I just want to tell someone, usually my husband, about the problem or my feelings without necessarily hearing a solution — I just want someone to sympathetically listen. It’s a fine line between that and “whining,” which to me has a bit of self-pity in it, and I try not to go that far…usually. 🙂

  3. bekahcubed says:

    Love, love, LOVE your thesis. Absolutely hilarious!

    There are definitely times when I do a bit of therapeutic moaning–but I’m not really sure I want to anneal my own neuroses 🙂

  4. “Our ritual moaning is purely therapeutic, not strategic or purposeful: the moan is an end in itself.”

    Ouch! I agree that my own ritual moaning is certainly not “strategic” nor “purposeful.” Just wrong. Thanks for sharing “Quit whining!” in a new way. 🙂

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