What are emotions?

According to dictionary.com, emotions are “an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, orthe like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.” In other words, emotions are essentially feelings that we develop because of a stimulus, be it something external or internal; it is our reaction to an action that occurs in our environment.

Picture showing different types of emotions

What are its strengths?

It is natural for humans to involve emotions in everything. Because of this, emotions tend to always have the last call in our decision because it is what makes us feel certain about our choices. In other words, emotions play a huge role in our decisions because what makes us choose between the numerous options since we choose what we believe fits us best.

What are its weaknesses?

At the same time that it is good that emotions are involved in our choices, it also has a negative effect. The engagement of emotions fogs up our reality because we develop a bias with our emotions involved. With this in mind, emotions also impact our perspective of a situation which makes us live in an illusion rather than reality.

What is the WOK that is considered its opposite?

A way of knowing that is considered the opposite of emotions would be reasoning because it depends solely on logic, which ties us down more to reality than emotions would.

How do they complement and contrast each other?

Reasoning and emotions are the polar opposite of each other, which as a result makes them complement each other, specifically when making decisions: because reasoning depends solely on logic, it suits the general perspective regarding the situation although it does not establish whether it is the right decision for the person. In other words, it is very impersonal and broad. However, emotions are tied to the person, therefore the person’s decision will rely mainly on their emotions because their choices are very personal. Nonetheless, these two complement each other because they bring the perfect balance between reality and illusion because the knower can decide what to do having the ability of looking at both perspectives.

Provide a real life example that illustrates it use

Last year before Brazil Modeled United Nations, I was hesitant on apply to be a chair, which is a leadership position. I knew that it was very unlikely that I would not get a position because I had only won two award and I was never one of the top delegates within the committees. Furthermore, BRAMUN is the biggest high school conference in Brazil, thus there were numerous of applicants, with more capabilities, trying to get the same position as me. However, my hope overcame the fear that I was feeling and so I decided to do it because I thought that I wouldn’t be losing anything. Shockingly, I did receive the position!

Knowledge question

What is the role of emotions on the knower’s decisions?

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