Alright guys, so this has been in my mind for a while now and while I am unsure if it even matters to talk about it now because he might not even be in Season 4, I don’t think I’ll get this out of my brain, so here! Have a rant:
alternative title: Catharsis hypothesis and anger as a secondary emotion
Which, if any of you had some psychology already says everything but for those who didn’t; here is what I mean by that:
First off: the catharsis hypothesis
I’m not gonna link any background info on this but basically what it comes down to is the assumption that through sport we can express emotions such as anger and get rid of them, especially through violent sports such as boxing OR MMA. They can be used to purge our pent up emotions
Which is very wrong and why as a social worker I once spent an hour arguing with a colleague about sending a boy (because it’s always boys because of something I will get to in a minute) to one of those box camps to help with his (anger) issues … because they don’t work or they do but not because of the reasons people think
Anyways, the other thing connected to this is the idea that anger is only a secondary emotion, as some psychological schools teach. It basically means anytime we are angry there is another underlying emotion at work - like you are sad but you don’t know how to express your sadness so you turn angry instead because you know how to express that (and this is why it’s most often a problem in boys because we do not teach them how to handle their emotions because boys aren’t allowed to cry so they become violent and angry instead)
And to connect the dots back to Eddie:
Eddie was sad in 3a about Shannon dying and his son having nightmares and his best friend abandoning him and he didn’t know how to express that any other way than anger and because of his army training and his father’s teachings and Lena leading him there he tried to purge that anger through street fighting
And I think that’s all I wanted to say?
Oh, no, wait:
EDDIE DIAZ IS NOT A VIOLENT ASSHOLE HE JUST HASN’T LEARNED TO DEAL WITH HIS EMOTIONS IN A HEALTHY WAY AND THAT BOY LOST TWO PEOPLE HE LOVED IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME AND COULDN’T LET HIMSELF GRIEVE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE NEEDED TO BE STRONG FOR HIS SON AND HE KEPT NEARLY LOSING BUCK AND THEN THE TSUNAMI HAPPENED AND THE LAWSUIT SO HE SORT OF ACTUALLY LOST BUCK AND HE NEARLY LOST HIS SON AND IDK ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT TO ME THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOT IN LIKE HALF A YEAR SO MAYBE CUT THE GUY SOME SLACK???
Now I’m done