What’s the emotion halfway between clinical depression and euphoria? After our discussion of this question, listeners chimed in by email, phone, and social media with suggestions. They included complacent, balanced, placid, fine, content, copacetic, unemotional, beige, middling, unremarkable, homeostatic, comfortable, comfortably numb, and ordinary. Professionals in the field of psychology and psychiatry suggested euthymia and euthymic, from Greek thymos, meaning “soul” or “spirit.” Also, from the field of philosophy: apatheia, meaning “freedom or release from emotion or excitement.” This is part of a complete episode.
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