How to Work With Your Emotions
What is emotion? Scientists have yet to agree upon a standard definition of the term emotion. Research deals with affect, sensation, reflex, simple emotion, complex emotion, mood, and temperament. It's debatable where "emotion" lies on the continuum, and how to draw the lines. The definition of emotion we use here is: How do emotions work? Emotions can have profound effects on subjective experience. Evolution selected for emotions because they effectively mobilize the body to respond optimally to the environment, in order to maximize chances for survival. Emotions are meant to be tools that help you to adapt to your environment. But because humans also evolved culture -- which drastically affects cognitive networks -- emotions can get "out of whack." When this happens, emotions no longer serve as accurate signals about the internal and external environments. This is when emotions can work against you. But the emotions themselves are innocent -- it's the dysfunctional cognitive networks that underpin them which are the culprit. And most of them come from culture itself. Meaning, cultural beliefs help get emotions "out of whack," so they're no longer working for you. How can you work with your emotions? Recognizing this is the first step to taking response ability for your emotional health. You can work with your emotions by:
- Recognizing how intelligent emotion is -- minus all the dysfunctional interference that comes from culture.
- Recognizing how emotion can actually enhance thought and reason.
- Expressing all of your emotions in safe and appropriate ways, in order to use them as mobilizers for response ability.
- Paying attention to what your emotions tell you about your life and your place in it, in order to create your life as a mindful construct.
- Committing yourself to the path of self-growth -- which focuses on response ability and mindful constructs. This means that you have to armor up for emotional resilience, because much of culture is still in the dark about how you can work constructively with all of your emotions.
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