“Positive Feelings”

About making others feel positive feelings, one has to watch that. One time a colleague urged me, “Smile, Abigail!” We were both in the green pea soup. We had both been fired. My answer? “The reason I have a natural smile, buddy, is that I never use it except when I want to.”


About Abigail

Abigail Rosenthal is Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Brooklyn College of CUNY. She is the author of A Good Look at Evil, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, soon to appear in a revised second edition. Its thesis is that good people try to live out their stories while evil people aim to mess up good people’s stories. Her next book, Confessions of a Young Philosopher, forthcoming, provides multiple illustrations from her own life. She writes a weekly column for her blog, “Dear Abbie: The Non-Advice Column” (www.dearabbie-nonadvice.com) where she explains why women's lives are highly interesting. She’s the editor of the posthumously published Consolations of Philosophy: Hobbes’s Secret; Spinoza’s Way by her father, Henry M. Rosenthal. Her next book project will be Conversations with My Father. Some of her articles can be accessed at https://brooklyn-cuny.academia.edu/AbigailMartin . She is married to Jerry L. Martin, also a philosopher. They live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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One Response to “Positive Feelings”

  1. Cara says:

    I think it is very interesting to think of being a woman as similar to mastering an art or a skill, and it seems like a lot of the success of the women Abigail describes is in how they make others feel positive feelings (but not in like a servile way, because they all seem very solid). I’m not really sure what to do with that, but maybe it would be interesting to ask people to write about a woman or women who they view as having mastered the art of being a woman, and look for threads of commonality in the responses?


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