COMPANION

Emotions

F. M. Alexander

On being asked whether Alexander dealt directly with people’s emotional and psychological problems in the context of the training course, Walter Carrington answered: ‘The answer is: no, he definitely did not. He didn’t deal with them at all. I rather think he walked away from it. It was something he didn’t want to recognise or know anything about.’[1] [For more details see Personally Speaking.[2]]

‘Alexander and emotion’ by Walter Carrington contains recollections of Alexander’s attitude to emotions, in himself and in other people.[3] It contains two specific stories from Alexander giving lessons: that of a man who angrily shouts to Alexander ‘You are my enemy!’, and that of a woman who starts sobbing (in reaction to which Alexander gives her a glass of sherry).[4]

F. M. Alexander on happiness

In the chapter in CCC, ‘Sensory appreciation in its relation to happiness’, Alexander argues ‘that the lack of real happiness manifested by the majority of adults of today is due to the fact that they are experiencing not an improving, but a continually deteriorating use of their psycho-physical selves.’[5]

Articles

  • ‘Emotions’ by Mary Cox; on the concept of self, concept of health, emotions and the different kind of feelings by a Transactional Analysist.[6]
  • ‘Emotions – The unacknowledged partner’ by Ilana Rubenfeld is on how to allow healing without inhibiting a natural process which seeks emotional expression, using the Rubenfeld Synergy method which she founded in the 1960s.[7]
  • ‘Grief’ by Vivien Schapera; on bereavement, grief resulting from a death, and how it affected her use.[8]

See also Psychology, Trauma, Pain.

References

[1] Personally Speaking by Walter Carrington, Seán Carey, (Mouritz, 2001 [1986]), p.43.
[2] Personally Speaking by Walter Carrington, Seán Carey, (Mouritz, 2001 [1986]), pp. 43-44.
[3] ‘Alexander and emotion’ by Walter Carrington in The Congress Papers 1999, An Ongoing Discovery edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (STATBooks, 2001), pp. 26–29.
[4] ‘Alexander and emotion’ by Walter Carrington in An Evolution of the Alexander Technique by Walter Carrington, Dilys Carrington (Sheildrake Press, 2017), p. 155.
[5] Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual by F. Matthias Alexander, (Mouritz, 2004), p. 191.
[6] ‘Emotions’ by Mary Cox in The Congress Papers 1999, An Ongoing Discovery edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (STATBooks, 2001), pp. 30–50.
[7] ‘Emotions – The unacknowledged partner’ by Ilana Rubenfeld in Direction vol. 1, no. 9 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 1992), pp. 351–357.
[8] ‘Grief’ by Vivien Schapera in Curiosity Recaptured edited by Jerry Sontag (Mornum Time Press, 1996), pp. 181–93.