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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could it be healthy to trasform the pure feeling of fear into "love" or "attraction"?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Definition problems: I'd try to avoid thinking of "pure" feelings (i.e., fear) and yes/no with respect to 'healthy' mental actions. Actually many folk do what you mention - it is often the basis of fetishes. And, when any of these are ego-syntonic, it can be seen as healthy. It means not having a problem with it. This does seem to require moral/ethical neutrality - not thinking of some things as just 'wrong'.

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Last updated Mar 24, 2014

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