jemf56, you write like someone who is well-versed in matters of the mind, and if my hunch is correct, I gladly defer to those “in the know” because if there’s one thing I know, I know I don’t know everything (as alluded to by my parenthetical “I” think in the Thinking versus Feeling subhead). So seriously, thank you for the clarification on which comes first and travels fastest … but I still want to believe there’s some basis for emotional responses like previous experience or something.
You mentioned Emotional Intelligence (one’s capacity to be aware of and then regulate one’s feelings) and that is another piece of the puzzle that needs to be explored. I really like where you are going with that; understanding oneself, then feelings/emotions, others, and how that plays into interactions with others.
I hope you get a chance to take a look at my next post (written prior to reading your response) which will probably be released by The Mission within the next few days. It might be considered a lengthy tangent of the concept of emotional intelligence.
It’s interesting how understanding, empathy, sympathy, and emotional intelligence all come into play when relating to one another and shaping points of view! There may be hope for the nation yet.
Thanks for adding to the conversation!