Reason and the Passions, How do I make one control the other?
July 21, 2011 2:51 AM Subscribe
How do I apply critically reason to my own arguments when I'm emotional and engaged in discussion with others?
posted by ollyollyoxenfree to Human Relations (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The situation is this:
I often find myself getting worked up over Internet arguments (I know I shouldn't, but I do). I jump into the arguments often for emotional reasons. I've noticed that in the days after the argument, not only did I sound irrational, but often the people I'm discussing an issue with tend to have reasoned arguments.
I'd like to stop this.
My goals are to: (1) Stop jumping into discussions on the Internet for emotional reasons. (2) If I do enter a discussion, I want to be able to critical reflect on my own opinions first, before I just fire away on the keyboard like a blathering idiot.
I know the obvious answer to (2) is to just read more critical reasoning and informal logic material, but it's the jump from emotional state to applying critical reasoning that I'm having trouble with.
I'd like advice, strategies, techniques, for reaching these goals. Thanks.