96. How To Handle Emotions: A Discussion On The Passions

In this episode, we’ll discuss the Passions, or emotions, and how to channel them properly. This comes from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, and I think they’re pretty comprehensive.

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

-Kobe Bryant

Before we dive in, I think it’s important to define a few terms.

Appetite- any inclination or tendency to some good or suitable object or away from some bad or unsuitable object.

Passion- Receptivity, being acted on by another; or intense movement of the sensitive appetite

Concupiscible Passion- Sense appetite seeking pleasure, which is found in the good

Irascible Passion- Sense desire to fight or escape danger


1. Love

2. Hatred and concupiscence

3. Pleasure

4. Sorrow


1. Hope and despair

2. Fear

3. Daring

4. Anger


Article on Anger from Summa 

The Passions from the Summa

Aquinas on the Emotions/Passions (what the Heck does Irascible and Concupiscible Mean?)

Aquinas on the Passions, W/ Fr. Gregory Pine

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