When someone says, “don’t be so emotional” or “you shouldn’t be emotional” they’re really saying don’t be logical, because emotions are rational and logical at its roots. The simple answer is that emotions and even instincts are compressed logic.
What is emotion? It’s a reaction to a feeling. You laugh when you feel happy or see or hear something comical, you cry when you feel sad or see or hear something tragic, you get angry when you feel lied to, insulted, cheated, or otherwise robbed of something or another. Anyone (sane and “normal” person), if they want to be totally honest, can explain why they are “emotional.” And, no one (sane and “normal” person) would get angry when they feel happy, laugh when they are sad, or cry when they are angry (unless it’s also a sad event, like a kin is killed by a drunk driver). Some cry when they are happy, but that’s because it is a realization of achievement or a final positive judgment of justice that they did not expect but fought for very hard. For example, Olympic medalists, successful entrepreneurs, scientists that are proven right after years of suffering derision, an unrequited love being finally reciprocated, etc. The bottom-line is that emotions are a reaction to some sensory input or thought. This means that it is a rational behavior, because we can trace the cause and effect, we can replicate the scenario, and we can explain it. Therefore, all emotion is rational, by definition.
Even what the vast majority of us would view as a crazy or insane demonstration of emotional behavior may be viewed very differently and even sympathetically, if we knew the true reasons for the “crazy” behavior. For example, let’s say there’s a middle-aged man in the middle of a busy intersection waving a gun yelling and screaming. Very few, if any would look at this scene and condone it. However, what if we find out that his wife of 30 years that he loved dearly and who loved him dearly died from a freak accident while in surgery to remove a molar? Or what if the man’s wife died after battling cancer for five years during which the man was laid-off from his job, depleted all of their savings, and lost their home because they couldn’t pay the mortgages due to medical expenses? Or what if his wife and children all died in a freak car accident while going to one of the children’s sporting event? Who wouldn’t sympathize (this is not to say condone) with this man’s heart-breaking pain? Many times what people believe to be crazy or insane is really a matter of understanding the circumstances that triggered the behavior.
Then what of instinct? Instinct is truly compressed logic. It is a logical action instilled in us and “coded into our DNA” through long periods of evolution that we no longer have to think about what we need to do under very specific situations. So, for example, if we touch something hot, our instinct takes over and we retract our hands from the source of the burn. We don’t have to go through the process of thinking: I touched something hot, therefore, I feel the heat, the heat is excessive, and is burning my skin, burning skin is bad because I could lose the senses in my skin, and lose blood circulation, which could end up rotting my finger and I may lose the use of the finger; therefore, I should remove my finger from the source of the excessive heat; I remove my finger from the source. We don’t have to go through this sequence of logic every time we touch something hot, we do it instinctively. Yet, many people mistake instinct for something irrational, but this is a mistake. It is true that some instincts may be antiquated and no longer necessary, but it doesn’t make instincts, in general, irrational in the context of how and why certain instincts were developed. The bottom-line is that instincts are really nothing more than compressed logic, too.
This means that logic is truly everything when it comes to human behavior, interaction and communication. Therefore, it is imperative that we deal with each other logically and rationally, which may be the reason why, so many say to people in business, “don’t be so emotional; make a rational decision.” However, this is very ironic. It is not that one decision is rational vs. another, which is irrational but that one is more rational vs. another or has different basis of rationality. However, we should continue to use the terms “emotional” or “emotion” and “instinctive” or “instinct” because it conveys the type of rational thought or behavior very quickly, but we must stop thinking about emotions and instinct as being juxtaposed to logic and rational thought.
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