Emotion Vs Emotions

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“Rational Thought & Emotions: The Internal Battle for Balance.” Emotions are powerful, innate sensations that can control and influence numerous aspects of our lives from our actions to our mood and even our social relationships. Many believe that our emotions are an evolutionary mechanism designed to help an individual respond appropriately to the environment around them. Regardless of ones perspective on emotions, it is irrefutable how big of an influence emotions can have on an individual; especially if one lets their emotions get the better of them. During an emotional outburst people say and do things that are often regretted and could potentially get one into trouble with the law, which can have a lasting impact on one’s life. Considering…show more content…
On the contrary, others assert that our emotions are the only way to understand and effectively function in the world around us. However, I believe neither of these statements are fully true. Our emotions are like a double-edged sword that can undoubtedly work against us in many instances, but can also provide us an advantage when faced with hard decisions and challenges. Finding the balance between emotions and rational thought is the key to navigating and understanding the world around us. If one side of this emotional and rational thought balance outweighs the other, we will quickly lose control of the situation at hand. Before discussing the negative effects of emotions, one must first cover the advantages and how emotions enhance our day-to-day experiences. First and foremost, emotions can have a major…show more content…
In many situations, we simply need to disconnect from our emotions and perform the task at hand, but this is never an easy feat. For example, in the professional world individuals need to put their emotions and opinions aside as they can cause bad working relationships with coworkers or could even upset their boss. Similarly, individuals must learn ignore and prevent negative moods from altering and affecting their behavior and sediments. For instance, in a toxic workplace environment the negative mood of one or two people can affect the mood of everyone they come in contact with causing a cascade of negativity to spreading amongst them. In order to combat this, individuals need to ignore and control their own emotional responses to such negativity to prevent their emotional state from being deteriorated. Likewise, individuals need to be able to compose themselves in states of high emotion to prevent over reaction and blurring of judgment. As previously stated, emotions were an evolutionary adaptation indented to produce autonomic states of adaptability and responsiveness, which can be very beneficial at times. However, if a person cannot recover from this heightened state of emotion, there can be countless negative consequences. In a threatening situation we might respond with self-defense to prevent harm to ourselves or to others, but we also need to
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