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Емоции, идентичности и образи на другия
Emotions, identities and images of the other

Author(s): Nikolay Aretov
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theory of Literature
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: emotions; identity; the Other; love; hate

Summary/Abstract: Identity interweaves with the emotions of its bearer, either as an individual or a group member. Identity defines the emotional attitude towards other people (their ‘own’ or ‘alien’), towards the social and natural environment, towards the world as a whole. On the other hand, the emotional attitude determines the identity. This attitude could be spontaneously occurring, but very often it is culturally conditioned, and purposefully designed. Postulates of national identity can take the form of imperatives like „Love your motherland!” Very often they are formulated in another way that replaces the imperative with allegations expressed by claims in first person (single or plural) or in impersonal form. Such statements are similar and operate as spells. The ambivalent attitude to the ‘own’ contains some negative elements. Their designation may indicate a trauma, frustration caused by some kind of insufficiency (including a lack of heroic deeds), inferiority complex. Trauma and shame can be pushed to the unconscious, but can also be productive as a cohesive element and as search for compensatory actions or verbal structures.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 9-25
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian