Y is for hYpophora

A figure of speech, hYpophoria is when a writer raises a question, and then immediately provides an answer to that question.


Well, well, well. What a perfect literary device for the writer who knows everything…haha. Just kidding. Let’s give this a whirl.

Is feeling angry bad? No, it doesn’t have to be. There is nothing right or wrong about a feeling. We don’t have control over our feelings and if we are angry it doesn’t make sense to try to deny it. I would suggest that any feeling, whether positive or negative, can be a source of good (or bad) depending on how we behave in response to them. If we are feeling angry, it’s usually going to go badly if we just lash out and act irrationally in response. But if pause and consider why we are angry and behave in response to that reflection, it can result in a good thing. It is perfectly appropriate to be angry when someone is taking advantage of us. But if don’t take the time to reflect and do something productive to rectify the situation, then nothing positive comes of it. This doesn’t mean we should never express our anger. Sometimes a passionate expression of anger is productive. The key is to do it with intention vs. an irrational response where we are out of control.

This question can also be flipped and we can ask if feeling happy is good? The answer is yes, but not always. If we behave self-destructively just to feel happy in a moment it is very bad.

In conclusion, feelings are neither bad nor good. It all comes down to how we behave in relation to those feelings. And that’s a good thing because although we may not be able to choose our feelings, we can always choose our behaviors.

“Y” in Zapfino Typeface
Zapfino “Y” Found Pattern

Be well,


  1. Miss Andi says:

    I like the challenge you post here: is being happy always good? We do so much to achieve happiness, but we do need stop sometimes to ask ourselves why, is it worth it?

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Yes, or at least ask if we can be happy exactly where we are right now. Thanks for reading!


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