14 Less Known Facts about Emotions That Help You to Be Happy
Everybody knows that emotions are the second nature of a human being. However, how much do you really know about emotions? Learn some fewer common facts today.
13 Questions about Emotions
I have prepared you 13 questions with answers about emotions. Some facts are obvious, but they are necessary for those who have just started the journey with emotions. More advanced people will also find some interesting facts.
1. What Is an Emotion?
According to Don and Sandra Huckenbyury “emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioural or expressive response”
Many researchers believe that emotions are subjective because experience them differently than someone else. Psychological response means that each emotions involves creation of some neurotransmitters and hormones which in turn activate your sympathetic nervus system. For example, anxiety induces heart palpitation and transpiration. Behavioural response is the best known and simply means your expression of emotions. For example, in the case of anxiety you avoid doing something or cringe.
2. Where Do Emotions Come from?
They are created by the brain because this body organ gives meaning to bodily sensations based on experience. However, different networks in the brain can create the same emotion and they all contribute at different levels to feelings you experience in life. This issue is too complex to comprise it in one article. More information is here
3. What are 3 areas of Brain Generating Emotions
Three brain structures which are most closely linked with emotions: the amygdala, the insula or insular cortex, and a structure in the midbrain called the periaqueductal grey., The amygdala is A paired, almond-shaped structure deep within the brain, integrating emotions, emotional behaviour, and motivation
Emotions manifest the whole picture of cognition, bodily experience, limbic/pre-conscious experience, and even action. Let's take a closer look at these four parts of emotion.
4. How Many Emotions Do We Have?
Scientists are arguing int this case. For example, in the 1970s, anthropologist Paul Ekman proposed that humans experienced six basic emotions: anger, fear, surprise, disgust, joy, and sadness. However, other researchers maintain that there are only 4, or as many as 27.
5. What Are the Primary Emotions?
No matter how many classifications of emotions are created by scientists, they all come from only two sources: fear and love. Based on this, emotions can be classified as positive/helpful/empowering (driven by love) or negative/ unhelpful/disempowering (generated by fear).
Negative emotions (i.e., anger, hate, disgust, anxiety, apathy, resentment, sadness, loneliness, boredom, stubbornness, worry, envy, and cynicism) characterise with a heavy, dense, low vibration and frequency. Therefore, we need to pacify them as soon as possible when they appear, but also learn from them as they show that something is wrong.
Positive emotions, on the other hand, (gratitude, contentment, generosity, compassion, optimism, excitement, passion, appreciation, joy, peace, fulfilment, courage, kindness) have a higher vibration and frequency which cause your life force energy to expand. They should be our goal because life is easier then.
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6. What Is the 27-Emotions List?
A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology and has created his own list:
Quote admiration, adoration, aesthetic appreciation, amusement, anger, anxiety, awe, awkwardness, boredom, calmness, confusion, craving, disgust, empathic pain, entrancement, excitement, fear, horror, interest, joy, nostalgia, relief, romance, sadness, satisfaction, sexual desire, surprise
7. Are Emotions Inborn or Acquired?
Based on years of research, early emotion scientists gravitated towards a theory of universality: Emotions are innate, biologically driven reactions to certain challenges and opportunities, sculpted by evolution to help humans survive
8. Why Do Some Consider Only Two Kinds of Emotions?
The answer is simple: Unhelpful emotions inhibit the immune system, divine creativity, higher brain activity and they overextended periods of time lead to physical and emotional breakdown, inducing any kinds of illness, headed by cancer, because the body undergoes auto destruction and not renewal process is carried out.
On the contrary, helpful emotions induce the secretion of serotonin and dopamine, they help to rebuild the body, slow down ageing process and make your more efficient at work and your family life. Also remember that love is your primary state, fear is acquired.
9. What Is a “Heart Brain”?
In 1991 Dr. Armour discovered that the heart has its "little brain" or "intrinsic cardiac nervous system." This "heart brain" is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons, like in the brain, meaning that heart has its own nervous system. The heart also communicates with the brain neurologically, biochemically, bio-physically, and energetically. For example, signals from the "heart brain" redirect to the medulla, hypothalamus, thalamus, and amygdala and the cerebral cortex. So, the heart sends more signals to the brain than vice versa.
10. Is the Heart Energy as Important as the Brain?
The answer is “yes” and here is why: Research has demonstrated that pain perception is modulated by neural pathways and methods targeting the heart such as vague nerve stimulation and heart-rhythm coherence feedback techniques. The heart is not just a pump. It has also got its neural network or "little brain." The methods targeting the heart modulate pain regions in the brain, seeming to modulate the key changes that occur in the brain regions and are involved in the cognitive and emotional factors of pain. Thus, the heart is probably a key moderator of pain.
11. Why Is Heart Field so Important?
Your heart energy field has more influence over your experience and reality than does your brain, which is an analytical processor with the capacity to implement mental programs and images directly into your nervous system and your body for self-preservation. However, we have completely cut off our most powerful and most accurate source of guidance, wisdom, and healing – our heart.
Scientists of the Heart Math Institute has spent the last 30 years researching the power of the heart and developing ways for human beings to unlock and reconnect to that innate intuitive wisdom and powerful source of limitless healing. According to their research the body’s emotional response to events doesn’t always, as other scientists say, originate from the brain. On the other hand, it has been proven that in larger number of cases, our emotional state originates from an event or external stimulus and triggers our heart to send its own signals to the brain and other organs.
Moreover, the researchers working at Heart Math have discovered that the composition and nerve centres of the heart are so active and complex, that they constitute a “brain” of their own. Science has even proven that the heart contains cells which produce and release norepinephrine and dopamine – neurotransmitters – once thought to only be produced by the brain and ganglia outside the heart. Even more, the heart produces oxytocin –which stimulates feelings of tranquility and love and in concentrations not lower than those produced by the brain.
12. Do You Feel Love in Heart of Brain?
Anecdotally, love is a matter of the heart. However, the main organ affected by love is the brain. For example, Let’s take the butterflies in your stomach - the giddy feeling you get when the person you like is nearby, excitement to be around them again, typical for the people who have fallen in love.
Quote The scans revealed that when the participants gazed at the face of the person they were in love with, some specific brain areas “lit up.” Those were the medial insula, the anterior cingulate cortex, and segments of the dorsal striatum. Newstoday
“There are several brain regions that are more active when people look at their beloved than when they look at other people. One of my studies suggests that activation of the caudate nucleus and putamen (which together are called the dorsal striatum) reflects that attending or responding to your beloved is typically associated with positive reinforcement more than attending or responding to other people, or ignoring your beloved, are.”
– Sandra Langeslag, Ph.D.
113 How Does heart Coherence Balance Your Emotions?
You can boost your immune system by focusing on positive emotions such as compassion and love because they generate a harmonious pattern in the heart’s rhythm, leading to coherence and greater emotional regulation. When harmonious interactions exist among the body’s systems, then you can talk about physiological coherence. As this state increases, together with the brain’s alpha activity, stress relief and creativity are released. Then you can perform the following better:
• Making better choices
• An expanded view of options
The upside increases your heart’s harmony because its electrical component is about 60 times greater and an electromagnetic energy field 5000 times greater than the brain’s so that the heart has a significant influence on the body down to the cellular level. Moreover, the brain’s rhythms along with the respiratory and blood pressure rhythms entrain with the heart’s rhythm, which is is the optimal state for human functioning.
14. How Can We Increase Heart Coherence?
We know the brain can be re-trained through neuroplasticity and the same applies to the heart. In this way, you build mental habits by developing new heart habits. Whatever the heart informs the brain, the other responds accordingly, just like rewiring the communication between neurons in the brain.
If it has become the “norm” for the heart to feel chronic stress or anger, as well as communicating this to the brain. The brain triggers the body’s response in the form of stress hormones, chronic inflammation, increased blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, and basically makes the heart work harder. Putting the heart through constant emotional distress induces the disruption of the the body's balance and can lead to physical disease.
Neuroplasticity is described as training the brain through learning, and you can do the same with your heart using positive emotions and therefore, the brain more consistently releases chemicals that support healing and well-being. By increasing awareness of what we are “feeding” the command centre, what we give permission to spread to the rest of the body, we can be intentional about what we allow in, and even how we inspire others to feel around us.
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In a Nutshell
Today you have found the answers to 13 the most mysterious questions concerning emotions. Use this knowledge to make the most of the mechanisms generating positivity. Good luck. With love and light,