emotional brain

Emotions and the brain

Our emotions influence how our brains work, sometimes in our favour, sometimes working against us. Emotions are a natural, necessary and wondrous part of the the human experience, but sometimes emotions can surface and leave us confused as to where they came from. Emotions are simply a way of intra-personal  (and inter-personal) communication. Our unconscious self is trying to find expression or discharge, and through emotions the unconscious can be engaged and explored. Yet the brain doesn’t always understand the real message of emotions, it only understands the neuro-biological and chemical responses and so reacts in a fixed, predictable way. This can create more stress, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and a whole range of other ailments, leaving us without a sense of agency, control or empowerment of self. Emotions also influence thoughts (just as thoughts can influence emotions), and these thoughts can further deepen difficult emotions and thus inform and create behaviours which do not best serve us, or indeed, reflect the true person behind the action.

We are not our emotions, we are not our thoughts, we are not defined by our behaviour. We are in fact the guiding mechanism that brings all these facets of experience into being. To live a fuller, richer life, it seems to make sense that we repair our relationship with our emotional self, through this we gain some mastery over the mechanics of the brain and become the programmer of our thoughts.

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