Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Emotional Pendulum
I have one kid who never gets really mad, but she also never gets really excited. Her pendulum has a small swing. My other daughter can be the giddiest, happiest kid, but beware when her pendulum swings the other way--she can be downright awful. (Speaking of this child, yesterday I asked her to pick up her dirty clothes in her room. She started scrying--that screaming and crying together--and shouted to me that Princesses get whatever they want.)
So, some people have big arcs on their emotional pendulum, while others have small arcs. It's fun to think about when creating characters. Of course emotions aren't two dimensional, and the timing isn't equal like a pendulum, but the theory is that if a person gets really happy, they could get really mad. (As adults I think we try hard to hide the negative side of our arc.)
What do you think?