Posts Tagged ‘Emotions’

The motivational value of emotions (and why emotions get suppressed)

November 14, 2015

My notes (on which the video lecture is based):

When do people have an issue with certain emotions that they label as negative? For a person who has been trained to inhibit the social display of certain emotions (out of terror of social punishment), then there will be an anxiety about showing certain emotions.

Instead of relating to fear as a motivating force to use caution and assess risk and then avoid any actual dangers, some people relate to fear as socially shameful. They don’t want other people to know when they are afraid and so they don’t want people around them to display fear (because that might resonate with them and trigger a surfacing of their own suppressed insecurity). They fear a social recognition of their fear. They are paranoid and anxious, but attempt to hide it.

Instead of relating to disappointment as a motivating force to assess the purpose of one’s own actions and then to assess the effectiveness of one’s own methods and producing those results and then perhaps updating one’s methods, some people also relate to disappointment as shameful. They don’t want other people to know when they are disappointed and they don’t want people around them to be disappointed, so they attempt to protect them from disappointment.

Why? They do not want to be punished for disappointing others and, once again, they don’t want displays of disappointment in their midst because that could resonate with their own buried disappointment, causing their own disappointment to surge to the surface. They fear a social recognition of their disappointment. They are paranoid and anxious, but attempt to hide it.

Instead of relating to anger as a motivating force to recognize one’s own interests and boundaries, finally, people may relate to anger as shameful or negative or disruptive. Anger, just like fear and disappointment, can certainly be disruptive. That is what it is for, right? When someone is ashamed of anger, they do not want to draw attention to themselves and become targets of social bullies who seek to discourage anger with punishment, through guilt trips and ridicule and harassment and of course the organized violence of armed soldiers, as in gangsters, police, armies, and other operations for governing humans through coercion.

Systems for social conditioning conduct rituals to promote shame and compliance in their targeted population of potential human resources (and to minimize or eliminate disruption to the rituals of social programming). In other words, they want to operate their systems for governing humans with the maximum amount of efficiency.
considering the military capacity of various systems that govern humans through coercion, we can respect the intelligence and appropriateness of the ability to inhibit the display of socially targeted emotions such as fear, disappointment, and anger.

We can also respect the rare case of people who seem to us to be safe as witnesses of our full range of emotions. Because of their demonstrations of discretion and perceptiveness and gentleness and communication with others, we made confide in them with comfort and an open trust. For many people, the distress of their paranoia and anxiety will result in them experiencing increased repulsion in regard to communicating with those that they see as unsafe or immature. In contrast, the magnetic appeal of those who demonstrate maturity and trustworthiness maybe, at least temporarily, so disruptive to their normal patterns of inhibiting their own emotions that they recognize their own internal instability and then have a new challenge of finding an appropriate pace for their interactions with the person or people that they find distinctively mature and trustworthy in regard to revealing their own tangles of emotion.

They may wish to drop everything to devote themselves to interacting with that person or those people. They may resist the magnetic attraction that they experience (like resisting by distracting themselves with old familiar habits of socializing and internal dialogue to generate justifications for any emotions that they experience as frighteningly disruptive). They may make their own practices of paranoia and anxiety all the more simple, ironic, and obvious (which serves to help them see it for themselves for what it is, similar to a snake gradually shedding a layer of skin).

Emotion: Key to health, family, business, & investing 

September 8, 2015

Only get what you value most

What advantages will I get here?
How is emotion important?
When are emotions suppressed?
How can they be released?

What advantages will I get here?
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How is emotion important?

For yourself, emotions are signals to you (from you) of how to adapt to new situations. In relationships and families, emotions are still signals for how to adapt to new situations, including signals from other people to you. In marketing a business, emotions are key to creating interest, guiding people’s experience (elevating demand), and efficiently stimulating action (increasing purchases and profit margins). For investors, understanding the emotions of hope, greed, and fear are essential to maximizing safe profits. By studying measurements of the emotions of other investors, risks and opportunities can be evaluated easily and precisely.

When are emotions suppressed?

Have you ever been the only adult around a bunch of kids? Were you ever responsible for getting them somewhere on a specific schedule?

If so, then you might have been interested in influencing the emotions of the kids. Maybe you were skillful at directing their attention so that they would be eager to conform to your plans. Through observing others and personal experience, we can increase our skill at directing the attention, interpretations, and behaviors of others. However, what if your first attempts were not successful? What if you were dealing with “herding” a group of puppies? What if you were in the middle of a natural disaster and dealing with 200 refugees who did not speak your language?

In some cases, the emotional responses of a particular individual may not be very important to the welfare of the group as a whole (or to the interests of a specific special interest group). In fact, it would be rare for a very large group to have much concern for the emotions of a single individual.

So, when there is a large imbalance of power within a social group and the emotions of a particular organism are not a priority to the overall process, then it is common that the economically-dependent organism will be shamed in to emphasizing the display of certain emotions (while suppressing others). A social authority may also stimulate specific positive emotions in order to overwhelm an individual and promote compliance. In extreme cases, medications may even be used to suppress all emotions.

Typically, most individuals will develop chronic physical tensions in order to inhibit the display of certain emotions that have been socially shamed as “too disruptive” or “negative.” Individuals of low social value may be programmed to “just think positive.” Why suppress of certain thought patterns? Because the social authority does not want to be distracted from important priorities by the displays of anxiety and discontent from people of low social value.

So, the social authority’s typical adaption will be to take actions to at least suppress the emotions of the low value individuals (unless ignoring them is sufficient). However, the relevant adaption for the individual targeted for suppression will be to develop their independence, such as through increasing their own private economic power or raising their social status (by improving their perceived value within the social group).

How can they be released?

Emotions that have been buried or blocked can be released through two general mechanisms. First, there can be a crisis in which the repressed emotions explodes through the learned barriers. Such a crisis can be relatively chaotic and stressful. Further, the exposure of the suppressed emotion may be temporary, since the suppression mechanism has not been removed but only over-powered. However, there is another alternative.

As an analogy, many automobiles have a parking brake. It is possible to overpower the parking brake without releasing it. However, it is quite easy to release that brake and then it will also be easier to accelerate the vehicle.

In fact, it will be so much easier to accelerate that someone who is used to driving with the parking brake engaged will need time to adjust. They will be used to pressing much harder on the acceleration pedal than wil now be needed. They will need to re-calibrate.

Can I release someone’s else emotional “brakes?” Not only can I release someone else’s, but so can they.

In fact, there is no actual mechanical part that can be engaged as an emotional “brake” (although that is a decent analogy). What we use to inhibit emotional displays is muscles. When muscles are chronically tight, one of the best ways to relax them is to gently move them. Tighten them a bit and relax them a bit, then repeat.

Habitual muscle tensions can be changed by changing the amount of tenseness in each muscle. So, habitual muscle tensions that block the display of particular emotional signals can be changed by gently moving the relevant muscles.

Which movements go with which emotions? Below is a chart related to several primary emotions. For simplicity, we focus here on facial expressions (or even just eyebrow positions). While this is very incomplete presentation, it is a great place to start. You can briefly explore making the expressions of each emotion below and then keep reading.

                    eyebrows in       eyebrows raised        eyebrows out

repulsions          anger                 fright                      grief

attractions          desire               gratitude                  joy
                        advancing     investigating        relaxing
Notice the 6 faces below. The 2 on the left show the “advancing emotions” of anger and desire. The 2 in the middle show the “investigating emotions” of fright and gratitude. The 2 on the right show the “relaxing emotions” of grief and joy. Now notice that there are only 3 different faces shown (each “column” has two identical faces).

eyebrows only
Before we get too excited about the simplicity of the chart, there is something else that is relevant to add here. This next detail might be “bad news” to some of you.

Suppressing the display of particular emotions through habitual muscle tension is a coping mechanism. That mechanism is functional. So, simply removing that mechanism may be of no great importance. If the mechanism is still relevant, then it can be re-engaged instantly.

It is easy to release emotional blocks. However, the emotional blocks were there for a reason. If there is still a social context in which those emotional suppressions were functional, then the underlying issue of increasing economic independence is still relevant.

Further, the original coping mechanisms may not be as functional as they used to be. So, in addition to relaxing old habits, plus developing new economic independence, there is a third issue of forming more efficient coping mechanisms for social stress. Typically, suppressing the display of certain emotions will continue to be adapative at least occaisonally. However, there is also the issue of being able to give more complex (more precise) signals as well as to accurately perceive the signals that others present (which may include signals that are intended to be distracting or deceptive).

In other words, to just release past emotional suppressions is typically not itself of great importance. It is just one step. It is also a very easy step to reverse.
Our services assist people to release emotional suppressions and access their full range of emotions, then to re-calibrate their own emotional displays (by using smaller amounts of energy and movement to produce more precise social effects), and then to dramatically improve their economic power and social status. If you immediately think “but I do not care about improving my economic power or my social status,” that is perfect, too. You may be startled by the intense vitalty and motivation that you experience once we begin to “take the lid off” of your desire.

A reflexive thought to resist the fulfillment of your self-interests is a classic indication of a “stress response” (to a perceived threat). To suggest that everyone has desires can trigger hysteria in people who have been programmed to experience shame to resist and invalidate their own desires. The hysterical reflex of “but I do not care about that” presents a very ironic display in that case:

“I do not care about the things that I care about the most!”

What is the result that such a social display would be designed to produce? It is designed to signal to others to withdraw! It says “I am too ashamed and terrified to learn anything new. I lack confidence to proceed on my own.”

However, for someone who is reading this, then I the author am not present with you. Your fears and shames might stop you, but they do not stop me, right?

Perhaps you will eventually take the initiative to contact me and express your interest. If so, then your action will either be immediate or not.

I am not inviting you to proceed on your own. That is what you have already been doing, right? I am inviting you to experiment with receiving my assistance. If you are then startled by the experience of intense vitalty and motivation, then it may be worth it to you to continue to invest your time and resources in to this exploration.

You will simply discover what you care about most (which has been buried undernearth of what you have socially pressured to present to others as what you care about). After you re-discover your deepest motivations, then you will efficiently fulfill them. If relevant, then we can even do it together.

“What I want to focus on now is:”

What I value most

What someone else says that I should value most

(By the way, I am someone else- not you- and I say that what you should care about most is what you really do care about most!)

A mature view on the function of emotions

March 4, 2015

Imagine the most mature and wise person that you know. How does a mature person relate to emotions?

A mature person does not compulsively hide from certain emotions as “too disruptive to maintaining certain perceptions about their social persona.” However, it can be favorable to repress the display of certain emotions temporarily (like in the middle of a business meeting). Temporary repression of the experiencing of an emotion can also be attractive (like while driving on the way to catch a plane or while in the middle of performing surgery). Likewise, it can also be favorable to actively pursue the depths of each emotion, perhaps in seclusion or perhaps with a companion or chaperone.

Some groups of people will gather to encourage each other in their suppression of certain emotions, especially anger and fear and grief. Grief may be the most welcome of those three. As long as someone does not display too much anger or fear, grief may even be encouraged.

 

 

However, what if someone is grieving a specific incident that involves the suppression of their display of fear or anger? There may be intense stress placed on repressing certain experiences. In other words, some experiences (or the display of some experience) may be distressing.

How does distress arise? Is the distress a signal for an attraction to some new circumstance, such as a new social dynamic?

If someone “just needs to get away” from something or someone, is that experience something that for some reason should not ever happen? Why is it that certain developments are ever labeled as something that should never happen? Who places such labels and when exactly?

When in the midst of people who are actively repressing certain emotions of their own, then they may be terrified of even the smallest displays of that same emotion, for certain emotional displays can be contagious. Notice the contagious nature of laughing, of yawning, of crying, and even of startled screaming. Notice that in an antagonistic argument, there are at least two people who escalate from frustration quickly toward blame for their own frustration.

Why do people blame others? Blame is related to a perception of a threat.

Why would two people who perceive each other as a threat do something other than withdraw from each other? In some cases, both parties may perceive themselves to be trapped. Note that the perception may be quite accurate.
Antagonistic arguing is a type of activity that is repulsive (like two opposing pressures will repel each other). Blame may even be absent and yet still the antagonism or frustration is obvious. We can call that “passive aggression.”

Two parties may engage with each other in a dynamic of mutual derision or condescension, each one attempting to attack the other however subtly or overtly. Even if unstated, there may be a message in the tone of voice indicating “you should not be like that and I am angry that you are” (or disappointed, etc…).

Note that when two people habitually repress certain emotions and then interact with each other casually and frequently, such as in a marriage, then their repressed emotions may surface in that unusual, private context. They may even state their own surprise at the experience, like “I am not normally like this at all- this is not the real me” or “this never happened when we were dating, right!?!?”

The distress of habitual repressions can surface suddenly and in disorganized, disruptive ways. However, one of the greatest benefits of personal relationships may be their capacity to give us access to emotional functions that we have learned to repress.

 


Note that I used the term functions. Emotions are functions. Emotions are coping mechanisms.

Even conflicted emotions (such as the fear of displaying fear) have their value and functionality. The idea of “dysfunction” is about mismatch: when the emotion that one is “using” does not work well to produce whatever result is attractive.

Repression of emotion is the source of mismatches. When one experiences total freedom to display emotion, that is a relaxed state (in contrast to a state that is distressed, contracted, tight, frightened, paralyzed, etc…).

There are many ways to develop emotional sensitivity and emotional intelligence. Respecting all emotions as functions (or even skills) can be a sign of ripening maturity. All hysterias about “how the world must be for me to be okay” or “how life should never be” are just emotional conflicts that are constructed as habitual coping mechanisms for distress.

Emotions are sudden movements of electrical energy (like a flush of hormones). Emotions are motivation. The repression of emotion is the repression of motivation.

The two basic types of emotion are emotions of approach as distinct from withdrawal (or of attraction as distinct from repulsion). In a very general sense, all the attractive emotions are within the “family” of hope, as in openness or optimism. Note that the word hope has historical roots similar to the words optimism and openness.

On the contrary are emotions of repulsion or withdrawal. Those include fear, fright, terror, anxiety, resentment, contempt, grief, and many others.
All of these patterns or processes have value. If you are open to learning the value or purpose of all of the variations of emotion, then you are ripe for a rare level of maturity. I can help. Let me know if you are interested.

a toddler’s rage (and the fear beneath it)

February 8, 2015

Toddlers are not known for being precise about language. Let’s make up some insightful captions for these pictures, only using the vocabulary of an adult:


“WHAT? How I feel about [this issue] is the only way I can respect, plus I am looking for any excuse to blast my rage at anyone who dares to offer a different view. You will do! Also, anything but enthusiastic agreement with me is VICTIMIZING me. And yes of course I am testing you. I need to know whether you will back off if I indirectly direct you to back off, and obviously THAT is why I am shouting at you to interrupt your inattentiveness. Didn’t they teach you about this in parenting school? You should get a REFUND!”


“I crave validation because… because I am terrified of learning. Learning can include a stage of uncertainty or disorientation. WHAT? I ain’t got no time for that. Please just tell me I’m RIGHT! I am not scared or anything else that people should not be… obviously (!), but I am just really FRUSTRATED. What I really need is for SOMEONE to just put a band-aid on the cracking dam of my emotions, OKAY!?!? Do you agree with me, yes or no? (In case this was not clear yet, the correct answer is YES.)”

“Can’t you wait one cotton-picking minute for once? What the HECK are you even talking about? Are you trying to change the subject to distract me? I mean, what do you mean that I should fight for YOUR ideals? Why should I have unconditional love for EVERYONE? And all the time? Really? REALLY?!?! That is INSANE! You have been reading your holy manual for hysteria again, haven’t you? I think that the version you have could use a little bit better editing or translation or something. Look, here is the bottom line. I told you three bleeping times that she is driving me nuts. I can’t even stand to be around her. If you think that I should ‘fight for her’ more, maybe you have not noticed that obviously this relationship is currently not right for me. Is that CLEAR? Gosh… sometimes I am embarrassed to be related to you people….”

“Seriously?!?! You need to stop being like that! Don’t you remember that I have told you FOUR times that toddlers should not feel rage? Toddlers should not crave validation! I finally see the problem here, which is that you have FEELINGS.”

“Oh, so now I am the one who has strong feelings that I should not have? You are actually blaming me… wow. Just wow. This is getting hilarious. You remind me of a cartoon that I saw last Saturday morning called PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.”

“Listen up, Mean Gene. This is my hand. Also, I am the hulkster. Hear me roar! Hulkamania is coming to get you, baby. YES! Also, I am the hulkster.”

“You did not just do that! You can’t compare me to that clown. In case you don’t remember, you called me an over-dramatic drama queen about two years ago. Well… for your information, I am NOT the drama queen here. WOOOO!”

“OOOO, what cha gonna do about it? Huh? What? I’ll tell you what: NOTHING! Why? Because I am the new Mid-Atlantic champion of a totally rigged meritocracy. Yes, RIGGED! I admit it. Of course that is a very shocking thing in our society because, as I was discussing with Santa Claus last Christmas, things should not be like that and this kind of deception and unfairness is very rare. But what was I saying before you interrupted me? Oh yeah, I want you to know, Mean Gene, that you are mean. People should not be like that. You should not be like that. Your so-called name sucks. Yes, it is memorable because it rhymes, sure, but it sucks so much that it reminds me of a vacuum cleaner. In fact, it sucks so much that it reminds me of this one lady who works downtown. Her name is BJ. Not the one from the TV show ‘BJ and the Bear,’ though. I am talking about the other BJ, you know, she does this thing with her lips like… um, nevermind. By the way, do you like coke? I’m just asking because my supplies are kind of low. No, I don’t mean the beverage. I mean the other kind of coke. STOP. STOP! Can you just stop thinking about whatever you are thinking and just focus on what is important to me for ONCE? THANK YOU! Okay, so this is a simple question for you. Can you get me some cocaine right NOW, yes or no?”

“Nature boy? Is that really you? You’re totally my favorite. You have like five different championships that you have ‘won’ in your fake sport. You are the real deal, unlike that one totally fake cartoon in which people are just reading scripts and getting paid to act out roles.”

“Huh, so that really WAS a cartoon once?!?! Imagine that! Anyway, as I was saying, I like two things: a mouse with no shirt and, as you already know, boobies.”

“Boobies? Really? Are you still using that word? Grow UP, dude! Watch me if you want to learn from a pro. You see how those cookies are way back on the counter where I can’t reach? Check this out. I need you to understand this so you don’t mess things up for me in the future. Okay, so when I saw what your sister was wearing today, I realized that what I needed was a plan. First, I got a stool and put the cookies way back there when no one was looking. Then I got in to position and finally, I waited until when your sister was the tallest person around, then I whined about how I could not reach the cookies. Once I had her attention, I simply asked your sister if she would get each of us a cookie. Simple, right? She would have to reach way back there and stretch, right? And it worked like MAGIC. By the way, you cannot tell ANYONE about this or else, um, or I will rip the legs off of your favorite doll, OKAY? Good, because this is VERY important! So anyway, it was basically the most awesome three seconds of my entire life EVER!”

Ruling Emotions

February 23, 2014



“Which emotion rules over all of the rest?” The disciple had come a long way to asked this question of the teacher.

“So, you have climbed up all the way to the top of this mountain to ask me which emotion rules,” said the teacher. “Well, this must be an important question for you. The top of this mountain is also the right place to look over all the different realms of emotion.”

First, gratitude can be a very powerful emotion. Imagine a young child re-uniting with their father.

Next to gratitude is joy. Imagine the joy of a group of people who have accomplished some success together.

Of course, there is also courage. Some challenges are so intimidating that it takes great courage to even begin.


So, we can think of gratitude, joy, and courage as very powerful emotions. However, there may be emotions so powerful that they would even interrupt the momentum of any of the three emotions we mentioned so far. A complete list of powerful emotions would include emotions that completely withdraw the ability to focus on anything else.

For instance, imagine someone who was planning to be the grand marshall of an important parade with thousands of people attending to celebrate. The parade might feature hundreds of courageous young men demonstrating their fitness by running down the streets with some raging bulls.

So, as you put on the special clothes that you will wear as the grand marshall, you know that there will be a tremendous celebration soon. However, even the parade itself would stop if interrupted by a sudden, unexpected noise. The perception of the noise would lead to a reflexive emotional refocusing. The huge parade would be momentarily forgotten.

So, there are emotions even more powerful than the joy of a big parade. One of the most powerful emotions is grief.

Imagine the job of officers who go up to the door of people whose family members have just died. There is the sound of the knock on the door. The door opens and there are the solemn faces of the officers there to inform someone of a death.

To the person who answers the door, one officer asks “is this your daughter in the picture?”The parents take the picture, say nothing, and then just look at the officers until they realize what is going on. Eventually one says: “Wait, you’re not here because something happened to her, are you?”

Do you even remember the celebration parade that is about to start? You are still going there to lead everyone in the celebrations and act as the grand marshall, right? Everything is gathering for the ritual celebration and they are expecting you to lead the ceremonies.

Nevertheless, you might be curious enough to continue speaking with the officers at least briefly. “Officers, you picked a very bad day to come and bother me with news like this. Now, before I go and lead the big parade, tell me quickly what happened to the girl in the picture- you know, the one that you think might be my daughter. Well?”

The story above is ridiculous, right? Why? It is silly because no one would go and lead a parade right after being informed that their child was injured or missing or even dead. They would want to know about their child.

“How can you even think about the parade?”

“Are you crazy?”

“Those people just killed your daughter and yet you are still talking about what to WEAR to the parade? Okay, first of all, you’re not going to the parade!”

“You better listen to me and listen good. You are going to get out there and avenge your daughter before I bite off your ear, Mr. Van Gogh. I do not want to see your face again until you find whoever did this to your daughter and make it right. Oh, and you do know what I mean by ‘make it right,’ don’t you?”

So, grief is a very powerful emotion which can lead to grievances, resentments, contempt, and even rage. Those extreme emotions can even lead to rituals of human sacrifice, which are very common throughout human history. Like the ancient Hebrew scripture of Ecclesiastes says, there is a time for both love and for rage, for both peace and for war.

Some violence is passionate and brief. Other violence is systematically planned and carefully cultivated such as wars or the organized violence of court systems.


For example, think of when the famous Hebrew warlord Moses ordered the slaughter of thousands of people (as reported in the scripture called Exodus). This act of terror intimidated the civilians and made it easy to attract their loyalty and their economic support through collecting tithes or taxes or sacrifices. The ruling priesthoods have thrived for thousands of years because of the effectiveness of their involuntary protection rackets of extortion.

So, as all military leaders know, panic and terror are also powerful emotions that can interrupt emotions like courage or gratitude or joy. There is a full range of emotions including grief and rage as well. Whatever other emotions people may have, many of them diverge from their normal emotions briefly to ritually send their annual tribute to the court system that rules them.

Now, if you recall, we began this story with a disciple going up a mountain to speak to a teacher. (You did not get distracted from the story by all these other emotions, did you?)

“So,” the teacher continued, “there is only one emotion which rules over all of these others. It is humility. Humility does not rule these other emotions through a paranoid panic of repression. That would be to be ruled by fear and paranoia, which is what the new-agers think of as spiritual maturity. They are arrogant fools. Humility is not like that at all.”

“No, humility rules through respect. By respecting the full range of emotions, the ruling priesthoods can cultivate emotions for use in ruling the perceptions and behaviors of the herds over which they rule. These ruling wizards and sorcerers program the emotional reactions of the herds through the mass media, the churches, and the schools. The rulers respect emotions and they work with emotions rather than against them.”

“Imagine the frustration of the one who attempts to use logic to reason with the loyal worshipers of a religion of powerful emotions. It might be easier to talk a drug addict out of their addiction.


“Well then, master,” asked the disciple,” how will we be safe from the herds and their emotions of raging hormones?”

The master answered, “That is a very practical question. We can be careful to precisely measure indicators of danger rather than ever blindly presuming safety. If relevant, we can also train specialists to indoctrinate the masses and cripple them emotionally, neurologically, nutritionally, and even physically. We can train mercenaries to intimidate and bully the masses. We can program the masses to slowly erupt in to raging protests and incite them in to well-organized riots that are easy to subdue. Then, the riots that we program them to perform can justify our next waves of intervention.”

“But master, we do not have that kind of power,” said the disciple. “I learned in school that there is only one effective way to produce the changes that we desperately need. That specific method is through voting for a new political savior and… hey, wait a minute… So what you are saying is that what I learned in school was to program my perception in ways which would benefit the people who created the school system?”

The master winked and said, “No, of course not. Don’t be silly. You must have misunderstood me. I only said that humor is the most powerful emotion of all. Therefore, people who are sincere rather than humble are weak. They lack a sense of humor. They are easy to emotionally trigger.”

“Wait, was it humility or was it humor?” asked the disciple.

“Yes, that is exactly what I said,” answered the master. “Anyway, what’s the difference anyway? Humor and humility are basically the same thing. They rule over the other emotions, and those other emotions rule over all the rest of human experience: emotions rule perception and perceptions rule interpretations, then interpretations rule behavioral responses, and behavioral responses to programmed interpretations are what rule results.”

“Most people are terrified of their own emotions and of the emotions of others. So, they live in the emotion of terror, as in paranoia or hell. In contrast, only those who have respect for emotions can rule the herds (by ruling the emotions of the herds). The rulers can experience all emotions powerfully rather than resisting any emotion in particular paranoias.”

“Slowly, one by one, the masses relax from their programmed paranoias and they climb up this mountain all the way to the top to respectfully ask me which emotion is the most powerful. They are humble. They are open. They also realize that the herds are foolish and dangerous.”

“The disciple will look down with me on the herds in the valleys. Some herds are raging and rioting. Other herds are training to respond to the riots and the rage. Others are parading and campaigning in a public celebration of their loyalty to the various court systems that we set up to rule them.”

Then the disciple said, “Master, this is very interesting. I now understand that what you say fits perfectly with the experience that I have had all of my life. I feel a sense of relief that I am not alone in my perceptions and my experience. However, I know that I have been programmed to use patterns of language which were inconsistent with my actual experience. I have been trained be so afraid that I used language to pretend that my experience was quite different than what it really has been.”

“I am grateful now for all of my emotions. For instance, frustration and even rage are what have led me to take new actions- even at some risk to myself. The new actions developed my own courage and power and clarity. I had to withdraw from the herds to come to the mountain then climb up to the peak to look down on the patterns of the social herds below. Now that I have withdrawn from the emotional momentums and paranoias, I can respect all emotions rather than explode in to a panic of arrogant condemnations toward particular emotions or particular people. I feel like I have recovered my humanity.”

“Yes,” said the master, ”humanity is also the same as humility and humor. These words in English all all derived from the same word in Latin. Those words all refer to what is called ‘being down to earth.’ When you accept your own humanity, rather than reject it and repress it in a panic of terror, then you can be humble toward others and have a sense of humor about yourself. This allows you to rule the herds.”

“In fact, you will find that the herds begin to come to you with their tangled emotions because they hunger for someone who has the power to completely accept their humanity. If you do have that power now, then they will come to you for you to give them respect and leadership. They may not come in parades, but people do not get to the top of this mountain in a parade. There are no parades celebrating humility. That is not the function of parades. If you value humility, then sit here with me a while on the top of this mountain and… oh, look… there is another disciple coming up the mountain to talk to a master. I will go hide now in a bush so they can talk to you!”

“Wait,” said the disciple. “What will I say to them? What if I get scared?”

“Right,” said the Master,” and what if it is the Grand Marshall of the parade seeking your fashion advice on what to wear to the parade? Listen, just relax and be humble, then really listen to their question. They want you to help them relax. So, you relax first. Just talk with them until you have answered the question that is most important to them- which may be underneath the words that they actually use. Speak directly to what is important to them. Anyway, they are getting close now, so congratulations on respecting the glorious perfection of your own humanity.”

Emotions rule perceptions, responses, and results

February 7, 2014
  • Shelly Barineau

    8:48am

     
     
    S.B.:

    What do you think of this blog? Having no experience in addiction and not well versed in how a brain functions, I am curious to hear the point of view of someone skilled in brain function…. If you have the time and/or interest, of course http://debbiebayerblog.com/2014/02/04/phillip-seymour-hoffman-did-not-have-choice-or-free-will-and-neither-do-you/

     
     
     
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  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:05pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    It is generally accepted among brain scientists that reflex drives everything, including the later attribution of some invented linguistic rationalization of “why I picked” the particular reflexive activity. This is also the general idea of most religious traditions, at least at their roots. Grace is always the ULTIMATE “reason” for salvation, not “merit.” (Merit is often the initial lure, though).

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:06pm

     
     

    So, yes, “we have a brain health crisis in the US” which is the same as saying “a health crisis.” Brain health and health are not two distant isolated things.

     

    (I was quoting the article there.)

     

    The brain health crisis was “cultivated” by marketers. They programmed the masses to experiece an intense social paranoia such that the masses avoid dietary patterns that were programmed by evolution. So, saturated fat was avoided, while high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, refined wheat, and vegetable seed oils (like in margarine) were eagerly accepted.

     

    The damage to neurological health is evident in rocketing rates of depression, stroke, alzheimer’s etc. There are other factors besides diet of course (disconnecting from the electromagnetic flow of the earth by wearing insulated shoes, etc).

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:16pm

     
     

    Given the poor cognitive functioning of the masses, it is easy to manipulate them (and here I am talking about the presence of awareness and creativity- which do not cancel pre-determination, but just imply more POWER than less-developed forms of reflexive manipulation like we see in animals or 3 year-olds).

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:18pm

     
     It is easy to promote levels of real estate speculation that result in a sudden transfer of the resources of an entire middle class to the banking system. I have detailed this a few times.

    When real estate values fall sharply, while mortgage debt remains of course, then a home shifts from a $200,000 home with $100,000 of debt to a $100,000 home with $100,000 of debt.

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:19pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    In other words, the legal ownership of the home may be 50/50 between the borrower and the lienholder when it is priced at $200,000 with $100,000 of mortgage.

     

    Then, the 50% of the real estate equity that belonged to the borrower SHIFTS to the lienholder, so that when the home is priced at $100,000 and has a $100,000 mortgage, then the lineholder owns not 50% but now 100% of the home.

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:24pm

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    The same general principle applies with stock prices. When AIG or K-Mart or Enron filed bankruptcy, the owners of the equity of the company (the shareholders/stock market investors) went from having equity shares worth, for instance, $50 each to having equity shares worth $.50 each. All that happened is that the creditors/ lienholders began to “swallow” the equity of the company.

    When the company’s bankruptcy filing was announced, that means that the shareholders realize that ALL of the equity of the company is subject to being diverted by the bankruptcy court to the creditors, meaning that the shareholders may get NOTHING.

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    1:25pm

     
     

    (or the shareholders begin to face that possibility, which they had probably been totally discounting or disregarding)

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:00pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    The financial system is a BUSINESS. It is not set up for “the greater good,” which is just a propaganda ideal anyway (in my opinion/ interpretation).

     

    It is set up, along with massive marketing campaigns of course, in order to redistribute wealth from the naive to the astute. Further, it WORKS to interpret all of these patterns as “pre-determined.”

     

    I do not have any guilt about it if it is pre-determined. “I was naive. I was whatever. Life goes on….”

     
     
    A humorous presentation on the financial system:
     
     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:03pm

     
     

    I detail the functional importance of controlling perception in this article form yesterday:https://jrfibonacci.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/perception-management/

     

    perception management
     
    Perceptions guide action. Actions produce results. Perceptions determine results. Why do results matter? Our lives are only whatever results that we experience. “Whoever controls the media, con…
     
     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:05pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Today, I think to add the importance of emotion. By strategically evoking emotion, that is how marketers (and movie producers, etc) can control perceptions or interpretations (which control response).

     
     
  • 5 people watching a football game can have very different reactions to the same play. 1 cries, 1 screams in rage, 1 celebrates, 1 sits back and condemns the other 3 for being all caught in emotion when it is just a game, and the 5th one also sees that the 4th one who is condemning the other 3 is also a naive fool.

     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:07pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    For the 4th to react hysterically to the paranoia and panic and so on of ther other 3 is just as emotionally hysterical.

     

    The 5th one witnesses the emotions of the other 4, then sets up a gambling operation to gather wealth from the first 3, or gets a job selling t-shirts or beer or $6 million TV ads for the super bowl.

     

    “John,, you have the demon of anemic cancer.”

     

    So, emotions drive interpretation (perception), then people respond not to the event itself so much as to their EMOTIONAL INTERPRETATION of the event.

     

    1: “What is that?” – calmly and curious

     

    2: “Oh my GOD! That explains it. Now I understand why I have been so troubled. THANK YOU, Doctor. I really appreciate it!”

     

    3: “NOOOOO! Not that. You must be an idiot. What the fuck will I do? Also, do you know anyone who can write my will, Doctor?”

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:16pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    4: “Oh, so you mean that I came in here and paid you a bunch of money and took 4 hours of my time just for you to do tests to tell me that my voltage is low (pH is low) and that it is interfering with my body’s ability to use iron? Is that it? Your business is such a scam. I’m out of here. I’m going to go to the beach and get some voltage from walking barefoot in the surf. By the way, are you interested in betting on the Super Bowl? I’ll give you great odds- really great- almost as good as real estate speculation.”

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:20pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    So, there is an event, then there is an emotionally-driven interpretation (usually). Or perhaps there is just a “cold” witnessing of the event without particular emotional “associations,” in which case I am relaxed and playfully can make up a variety of interpretations and see all of them as equally valid (or equally foolish).

    Next, there can be a behavioral response not to the event itself but to the emotional interpretation of it- verbal responses like “Sign me up for chemotherapy right away! Can’t you perform surgery to remove the demon of cancerous anemia from my body this afternoon? I don’t care how much it costs! Get that demon out of my body before it KILLS me!”

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:20pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Then, the behavioral response produces results. Results come from the behavioral response to the emotional interpretation of the event.

     

    By dominating the emotional interpretative process of the masses, the rulers influence the results. They are like shepherds guiding the flock- protecting for a while, then regularly fleecing them, then slaughtering them.

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:24pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    The rulers set up the emotional reactivity, then create trigger events (which they of course blame on whatever scapegoat). The trigger events will trigger the emotional reaction of the herds, who then respond behaviorally to their emotional reactions.

    To control the behavior of children, parents set up an emotional deception about Santa Claus. Children react THROUGH the filter of their obsession abotu pleasing Santa. By “programming” the filter of “obedience to Santa’s wishes,” the parents manipulate the emotions of the child and the behaviors of the child.

     
     
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    2:25pm

     
     

    J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Why? Because the behaviors produced by that system of deception are the results that the ADULTS value. If not, they would use some other method to influence the behavior of the naive children.

    “Thou shalt not lie… except about Santa Claus.”

    The reality is that “lie” is a deceptive translation- a LIE.

     

    The real translation would be “bear false witness” or “give false testimony” as in “commit perjury.”

     

    Of course, it is totally valid to LIE to the herds and tell them that lying is “evil” or “shameful” and so on. It simply WORKS.


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