1. Theta (positive emotion and life force) that has been agitated into a negative state.
Lena is having a good day and feeling happy and optimistic. Then she gets a phone call from her son’s teacher saying he got in trouble at school and is getting suspended. This causes Lena’s positive feelings to dissipate. Now she feels angry and frustrated and wants to yell at the teacher and her son.
2. Undesirable emotions or ways of being. These are found at 2.0 and below on the Chart of Human Evaluation. These could be anger, despair, apathy, joking around as a defense mechanism to avoid one’s unhappiness, inability to persist in getting things done, etc
Gino is generally a grouchy guy. He goes through his days upset and complaining about the way other people do things. He feels people are thwarting him and he can’t get ahead in life. He’s in a chronic state of entheta.« Back to All Definitions