I woke up this morning thinking about things that happened this summer in my world that were emotionally and physically trying--and how I've dealt with them. Specifically, how I've worked to purge negative emotions from my weekly CSA newsletters.
Was I raised not to value my emotions? To suppress them? Act 'grown-up'--is this healthy? Is it better to have an honest freak out session and then reclaim one's composure?
I've read that depression is anger directed inward. That doesn't sound good. Neither is selfish anger, intended to intimidate and over power.
What about "approved" emotional reactions: grief...happiness...falling in love?
And in the pre-dawn dark, I wondered: as romance writers, do characters with heightened emotional reactions stand out more? Or is it best to put "normal" characters into emotionally charged situations?