Emotions Anonymous - Useful or Creepy?
January 27, 2012 7:16 PM Subscribe
Is Emotions Anonymous really as culty as it seems to be?
posted by divabat to health & fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A little while ago I checked out a meeting of Emotions Anonymous as part of a mission to find ways to deal with depression, anxiety, and its attendant issues. The local group here was nice enough, but I found a significant amount of it creepy and cult-like.
From the get-go they claimed that you could not question any part of their texts, and they didn't seem to consider how larger-scale societal issues (such as being a minority on some level) can really affect your well-being. It reminded me of why Law-of-Attraction-type principles annoy me: it makes everything that happens to you your responsibility, and makes it sound like being (justifiably) angry about injustice or oppression is a moral failing.
Then again, it could just be my initial resistance to change, and it could be a lot better than I'm giving it credit for. It is modelled on the Alcoholics Anonymous program (it's 12-step) and while I've found lots of criticism about AA, I haven't found anything about EA. I also wonder if it's internal ageism at play - I was by far the youngest person there (mid-20s) and the only one who wasn't white, and maybe it's just me being judgemental.
Have you done EA? Was it worth your while? Are there any other avenues that could work minus the culty side effects? (I've heard of Icarus but there isn't a local group here)