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On Whether to Build Walls: A study of disgust, horror, awe, and fascination

  • Henderson Room, Michigan League 911 N. University Ann Arbor, MI 48823 United States (map)

Course Description:Emotions configure the self in relation to another person, environment, or idea. A notion can position one aspect of the self in relation to another. Each of the emotions to be discussed has an important and unique connection with the boundary around the self. Disgust erects a wall around the self.  Horror reflects the collapse or rupture of the boundary. Awe and fascination relax the self’s boundary and invite in the outside world.  Through these four emotions we establish or alter aspects of relatedness to other people, as well as to natural environments, concepts, things, and self. Clinically, alertness to the core dynamics of emotions can help attune us to foundational fears, needs, and conflicts.


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CE Value (credits):  2
CE Type: Standard

Michigan Council for
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Contact Information:
Rebecca Hatton, Psy.D