Constructiveness vs. Destructiveness

Concepts

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Processing (of Emotions)

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Creative Destruction

Wikipedia

The Concept

normative concept

subjective in nature unless the underlying mechanism is found

Gewirth

Rules/reasons for assigning a subject to one of the two categories

The definitions of the terms is based on other terms that are themselves normative in nature.

It comes down to the concept of "desireable"/"undesireable".

"People do not always want what they want." -anon

all these dichotomies are subjective in nature

Other dichotomies

"Good" / "Bad"

"positive" / "negative"

"comfortable" / "uncomfortable"

Pain has a normative quality

Premises

pain is a purely subjective experience (emotional pain even more so as physical pain)

pain is a common human experience and a feature of human nature

situations of being "overwhelmed" by pain or other emotions always leads to an unconstructive situation

re-traumatization

with increasing pain the probability of constructive change (growth) decreases

does this contradict that crisis sometimes leads to impressive change

there is a "sweet-spot" of feeling uncomfortable

Constructiveness

Terminology

Constructiveness / constructive

"promoting improvement or development"

"Serving to improve or advance; helpful ..."

be aware of a completely different meaning of the word "constructive" in legal language

Constructivity

for non-native speakers it might be interesting to note that this is not the same term, rather applies to computer science

Destructiveness

Terminology

Destructiveness / destructive

Destructivity

Destructive Emotions

Monography by Daniel Goleman

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Musings

Just because you know how something feels says nothing about the fact if it is a constructive or destructive part of your life.

Concepts that can be both constructive and destructive

Anger

Forgiveness

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