4 Directions of Emotions

All emotions fall under one or more of these categories. Text

 

 

Neuroscience shows us that emotion is a form of cognition. If there is any salient distinction between the cognition of impartial thinking and the cognition of emotion is the level of need such cognition conveys. The more intense a need is felt, or re-experienced, impartial thinking segues to partial thinking—biased toward relief.

 

The body is biased toward its own need for self-preservation, including its attachment to resources that can ensure such survival. As soon as thinking entertains some need, the body’s energies automatically become committed to focusing on that need. And to remain focused until satisfactorily relieved.

 

Since need is the experience of homeostasis, emotion that conveys a need expresses one of four homeostatic directions.

 

Indigentology looks first at the experience of need, and then at any labeling of the associated emotion.

 
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red

Each emotion conveys an experience with need. Two intersecting dimensions form four basic categories for understanding these need communicating emotions.

 

Persisting pain and unfulfilled desire form the dimension we generally label as bad, along with anything contributing to such feelings. Relief and pleasure form the dimension we generally label as good, along with anything contributing to these typically preferred feelings.

 

Outside of these experiences of need and their contributing factors there is little if anything we regard as good or bad.

 
 
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Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
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Pain: push promptly out, remove (dynamic)
 
Homeostatic levels that rise too high for comfort elicit pain. This typically involves suggested action for returning to optimal equilibrium zone, with varying intensity, such as eliminating the excess or removing some threat. [report > react]
This includes anything getting too close for proper functioning, experienced as a threat.
 
To illustrate,
 
Relief: is nicely out, removed (static)
 
Homeostatic level falling back to equilibrium zone produces relief. This typically reports a response to whatever action, or inaction, was taken to reduce the pain. [respond > result]
 
 
 
Desire: pull adequately in, replenish (dynamic)

 

Homeostatic level falling too low for comfort evokes desire. This also typically involves suggested action for returning to optimal equilibrium zone, with varying intensity, such as quickly drawing in something felt as lacking. [report > react]

 

 

 

Pleasure: is nicely in, replenished (static)

 

Homeostatic level rising back to equilibrium zone results in pleasure. This typically reports a response to whatever action, or inaction, was taken to ease the desire. [respond > result]

 

happy

included

disappointed

annoyed

depressed

encouraged

curious

affirmed

to be valued

released

peaceful

permitted

humiliated

affection

to belong

understood

4 Directions of Emotion: 2 good 2 bad

Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Homeostasis zones: green, yellow, red
Pain
[report > react]
 
 
Relief
[respond > result]
 
 
 
Desire

[report > react]

 

 

 

Pleasure

[respond > result]

 
Desire

[report > react]

 

 

Pleasure

[respond > result]

 

 

Pain
[report > react]

 

 

Relief
[respond > result]
 

 

 

 

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