Dowsing Reality in my Head : What is “Emotional Reasoning”?

You feel an emotion, so you think it “proves” something is true, this is called Emotional Reasoning. Wikipedia gives a good example of that :

…even though a spouse has shown only devotion, a person using emotional reasoning might conclude, “I know my spouse is being unfaithful because I feel jealous.”

This is a good little clockwork to watch and to take to pieces, right?

Of course people use this concept as a negative thing, a flaw, a disorder. Path to depression and all…

You have to think about Reason :

“Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information.”

We all know that, and we also know that within the informations we gather (facts, things we see, informations, things people say), our emotions have a power : they color all of these, in bright light or in shades of darkness.

So if I understand well, Emotional Reasoning is a disorder, when we narrow reason only on emotions. OK.

I need my readers. Help! This concept triggers questions and subtleties. Could this be a positive thing? Where do you put the instinct, in this process? How can reason and emotions weave together to make a strong tool? Can an emotion trigger a seek of informations? And what about the fact that new informations would braid with feelings, instinct and therefore emotions to help us draw maps for living? Where is the balance to find? How to wring a disorder into a power? Imagine your have this disorder : does it prove that if you feel something is true… it’s not? Mmhhh…

Sorry for my wobblenglish…

Thanks for reading!




3 thoughts on “Dowsing Reality in my Head : What is “Emotional Reasoning”?

  1. simonjkyte July 29, 2017 / 8:03 am

    i have actually come to the conclusion that reason is overrated and as dangerous as emotion

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  2. simonjkyte July 29, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Reason holds itself up as something infallible, unflinching. And yet it is easily manipulated – by the state, by the rich, by a certain political class, by shareholders (I work for a consultancy). And then reason is the fallible lie. And the whole progress of ‘logical-positivism’ (specifically the use of scientific testing, numerical calculation, statistical inference etc.) has led us to think Reason > Emotion when they are at best equal.

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  3. threeprettyposies July 31, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Maybe you could use the emotional reasoning to learn about yourself and instead of take what you have deducted about a situation or person, flip it around and see what it says about you. Then choose whether to work on the emotion and the triggers so that you see more clearly instead of take your reactions as truth.

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