what is “an emotional reaction?”

English: Facial emotions.

English: Facial emotions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


emotions….. (Photo credit: Ragesh Vasudevan)

Emotions are categories of human experience. Different facial expressions are associated with different emotions. So what do emotions come from? Why do 6 observers watching the same TV broadcast have different emotional reactions?

The specific reactions of human emotions are proportionate to the interpretations made through the neurology of each perceiver: the neurological programs of memory, including historical training and indoctrination conditioning. The reality of perception is that, prior to the actual perceiving of any patterns, sensations are interpreted (as in organized). How are sensations processed or interpreted? Ultimately, labeling is very important, which implies language.
That is how someone can be yelling but yet say “hell no, I am not angry, damn it” or crying but yet say “oh no, I am not sad. I am really sorry that you would think that though- very very sorry” (as in “sorrow”?). The brain interprets input and then creates emotional reflexes through hormones and neuro-muscular activity, such as crying or yelling. However, filters of the normal schizophrenic persona, which divide the presented persona of “how I am” and repressing the inhibited “shadow” persona of  “how I am not,” can prevent people who are so raging that they are bright red in the face and yelling from even admitting to being frustrated. They may not label their own process as rage, even if 90% of observers (or 99%) would call it rage.
Figure 15 from Charles Darwin's The Expression...

Figure 15 from Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Caption reads “FIG. 15.—Cat terrified at a dog. From life, by Mr. Wood.” Author’s signature is at bottom left. See also figures 9-14 and 18 by the same author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, any emotions that ever arise in correspondence to this or any other sequence of letters on your screen are distinct from the little shapes of letters themselves. Your dog has no emotional response to these shapes, nor a blind person.
If emotions involve things like heart rate and hormones and depth of breathing- like fear or joy or gratitude or rage- then they are entirely physiological and biochemical (or neuro-linguistic labels for particular neurological patterns). We can say that a dog has emotions, but the dog cannot. Emotions are just labels (such as in English) for various perceived physiological patterns, categorized with word labels.
Now, as an instance of emotion, consider your physiological response to the following series of little letter shapes on this screen:
The state’s entire purpose is to redistribute wealth through thought control and mind control (aka “governing”). If the “right” can be trained to reactively compete with their domestic enemies (“the left”), then the state has a decent chance of being ironically identified as the savior of the domestic populations rather than as an oppressive operation of organized racketeering. The state, through its allies and branches in the media, in public education, and in legally-recognized churches, may systematically divide the people in to at least two opposing factions, setting them against each other, and then the state bureaucrats present themselves as the legitimate arbiters in the dispute between the two competing antagonisms that may have been carefully nurtured by the state.
English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

English: Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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