An exploration of existing scientific and technological interventions relating to emotional management supported my theory that current emotional narratives primarily focus on re-inforcing positive emotions. They rarely create space for the exploration of negative feelings. For instance, in my investigation of apps that promote emotional management, despite my best efforts, I could find just three that dealt with negative emotions such as depression or anxiety. In contrast, I came across a vast number that promise well-being through the promotion of gratitude, mindfulness or positive thinking.
Meanwhile I searched for examples of how misery has been articulated within the field of art and design. Findings were scant with the exception of the publication Misery Connoisseur. Misery Connoisseur is a 'perversely uplifting' art magazine centring on misery. The, admittedly pessimistic caption, of the publication that 'misery is always on the way' strengthened my resolve to open up narratives on misery. Assuming that misery is inevitable creates a paramount need to develop methods of acknowledging and embracing it.