Feelings vs Emotions

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On this blog, I use Emotions and Feelings to mean different things, although English is a little limiting. For example, we “feel emotions,” we don’t emote them (although some sure do (laughs)). I use this classification because of how I subjectively experience them. Your experience may vary.   The first thing to understand about emotions is they’re not concepts. Trying to figure them out with the mind is an exercise in futility. This also means we’re not actually feeling, we’re thinking. We may have learned to avoid emotions by staying in the head. And that means we’re repressing how we … Continue Reading…

Subjective vs Objective

The US election is highlighting one way changes are taking place in group consciousness that doesn’t seem to be clear for many people. John Oliver highlighted the issue in this recent commentary (some strong language) On Youtube Objective, physical reality is about things that can be measured and recorded. We call these facts. Observing people in the physical world as they respond to subjective states is objective. Thinking about why they acted that way is subjective. Subjective reality is our inner world – our thoughts, emotions, etc. Thinking about objective things is subjective. We call our subjective perspective things like opinions … Continue Reading…

The Dalai Lama’s Atlas of Emotions

Recently, a friend sent me news of a unique collaboration. The Dalai Lama had asked an American scientist to help him form an Atlas of Emotions. Dr. Paul Ekman surveyed scientists in related fields the world over to find some consensus on the nature of emotions and the moods and states they produce. The Dalai Lama said the concept of mood is missing from the Tibetan worldview so he was delighted by it. The research led to 5 categories of emotions:  anger, fear, disgust, sadness and enjoyment. You may recognize the 5 characters in the Disney film Inside Out. Ekman … Continue Reading…