Do Not Validate Unexamined Emotions | Psychology Today

Emotions are experiences of your body and biochemistry mixed with your history and your very subjective interpretations.

Emotions, therefore, can be quite inaccurate. I suggest combining 4 things to try to discern the truth of your experiences and the messaging of your feelings: simultaneously employ your 1) observational skills of all your senses, 2) let your mind and brain think of at least three different interpretations of the moment’s facts, 3) look for how you are confused by someone or by yourself or both and be aware of the need to disentangle from the confusions (abusers, especially conartists are very adept at using confusion), 4) try to find objective sources of facts and their interpretations to compare with your thoughts/reasoning, your senses (your tools of observation), your emotions and their physiological bases, and ferrat out blinders or clues from your history.

Panic attacks, as one example, are rarely based on facts and mostly based on physiological and biochemical reactions to imagination and to history; so PTSD in the form of panic attacks need to be responded to differently than actual scarey events in the current situation.

Complex, I know. But better than being led blindly by blinded subjective emotional reactions.

Read this article to see if it helps you think about this too.

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