Tag: emotions

What Exactly is an Emotion?

This question seems simple and innocent. Instead, it opens the door to a snarky and tangled complexity. It is not easily answered. Biology, psychology, and spirituality provide different insights. Here is how I see it. When you feel angry (i.e., have the emotion of anger) you are not only having an emotional experience, you are […]

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Self-Awareness and the Emotional Life

Clueless is Never a Compliment! Being clueless about your emotions is never a good thing! Self-awareness about your emotions is the first step toward healthy emotions. This is one more reason why I love the psalms. The psalmists were profoundly self-aware about their emotions. They felt deeply about their experiences. They knew what they felt. […]

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They are Contagious, Highly Contagious

Emotions! They are what’s contagious. Good ones and bad ones. Happiness, excitement, hope, calm, patience … and anger, sadness, frustration, irritation… You’ve heard the phrase, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.” I have looked for the origins of this phrase. A 10-minute web search asking the question did not yield much insight. Well, […]

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