John,

both the Stoics and modern psychology reject any sharp division between emotion and reason. They are all bundled together, which is why emotions have cognitive / representational content. Yes, we are torn between different goals and desires, but they all come down to our own judgment as to which are most important / healthy, etc., and why.

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