Emotions versus Reason

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Emotions versus Reason
An emotion is an automatic response, an automatic effect of our value premises - therefore it is an effect not a cause. There is no necessary clash or dichotomy between man's reason and his emotions, provided he observes their proper relationship.

Both Values and Believes Initiate Emotions
Dattatreya, Member
The values as well as beliefs shape the pattern and the pattern initiates the emotion through Amygdala and Hippocampus. Isn't it?

Real EQ is in Fact a Correct Balance Between Reason and Emotion
Monteiro, Member
The dichotomy exists. I once read that the secret of happiness is accepting what we can have, instead of desiring what we can't. And it happens too many times in our life that we are wishing things we don't have, and we are unhappy with what we do have.
Rationalising our emotions is a path to grow as individuals, meaning regaining control of our lives, being the writer of our history.
The correct balance in that exercise is the true difficulty. One cannot be too rational, as we can't be too emotional...
Difficult to achieve, don't you think?

Emotion Isn't Only a Reaction
Monteiro, Member
Emotion versus reason is a topic that could last for thousands of posts, and is already being discussed for centuries. But actually there are many studies that have found definitive answers to very old questions. One of them is exactly if emotions is a cause or an effect. It's both.
Can be a reaction to an event, and can be the cause for a reaction, based on past emotions generated in past events.
Furthermore, it is also known that our behavior is by far more emotionally derived and afterwards we rationalize the behavior. Is has been demonstrated by neuroscience, and is the basis of neuromarketing.


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