Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions are too huge to be felt

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Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions are too huge to be felt.

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Emotions are too huge to be felt Quote Meaning: 

You cannot see the shape of the earth when you are on it because of its size. When things are too big, it should be at a very long distance to be seen. The similar way some emotions are too huge to be felt. To feel those emotions, it needs larger distance gap. Separation once in a while brings in more togetherness than living together all the time.

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Some things are too big to be seen; some emotions are too huge to be felt.

Author: Neil Gaiman

Quotation Reference:

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7262176-some-things-are-too-big-to-be-seen-some-emotions

It is interesting to study how thoughts shape feelings and how feelings shape thinking. If we had a bad day at work, we tend to be irritated and annoyed with even small things at home as a child refusing to eat food, etc. This is because we feel angry all over again at the thought of what happened earlier. These thoughts influence our current emotional states. What we experienced and what others have said or done seem to trigger emotional reactions that are fairly intense in nature. The reverse also holds true. Feelings are a part of living. There are three theories of emotions known to psychology.

Cannon-Bard Theory:

When emotions are aroused, we experience both the physiological arousals that accompany it as well the subjective experiences associated with the emotion. These emotions we label as joy, anger, sorrow, etc. This is the common sense as well as the concurrent notion of emotions.

James-Lange Theory:

Our subjective emotional experiences are the outcome of our almost automatic physiological reactions to various happenings. For example, we experience anger or fear because of our heart races, our head pounds; we break into a sweat and the face colour changes to red. Another example could be the feeling of sadness. When a loved one departs, we start crying and then we notice our experience that we are feeling sad. This is the sequence, according to this theory.

Two Factor Theory:

When there is a physiological arousal, we search for the cause of these feelings. This leads us to identify the label we put on our emotional experiences. So, if we are excited by the presence of a person we are interested in, we label it as attraction or love. Then there is the label ‘fear’ attached to something that is dreadful, and so on.

The two-factor theory of emotion focuses on the interaction between physical arousal and how we cognitively label that arousal. In other words, simply feeling arousal is not enough; we also must identify the arousal in order to feel the emotion. Read more at verywell.com

So we perceive an emotion and then look for external cues to understand the feelings. Here, both cognitive and situational factors play a role in our subjective emotional experiences.

Facial Feedback Hypothesis:

We can produce or suppress our experiences of emotion. When we smile, we feel happy. If we are grouchy, we feel sad and so on even while imagining positive or negative events. Controlling the facial muscles can enhance or curb the accompanying emotions. Actors frequently change their emotions by controlling their facial muscles. This is why people in mourning are told to get out, take a holiday, be with friends, etc. as a change of scene can cause different physical and physiological activities, and this in turn can alter the feelings.

Robert Boles (1989) found evidence to show that the face and brain are linked. Facial expressions do change the blood supply to the brain and thereby alter the temperature and after that the neurochemical events in the brain. This also explains the universality of facial expressions and emotions.

How thinking affects feelings

The theory of Stanley Schachter suggests that our bodily reactions are often unclear to us. So, we look for external cues to identify our emotional states and recognize them appropriately. Therefore, our emotions are clearly determined by the interpretations or cognitive labels we attach to them. Thinking affect emotions through the activation of schemas or frameworks. It helps in identifying a person as belonging to a particular social group. This schema suggests certain traits or qualities associated with the group. This further indicates our feelings towards people belonging to that group. Thus, our social thoughts affect emotions towards that person. This is how religious, national, ethnic and regional and other stereotypes that get activated influence our feelings.

Our thoughts can also influence our reactions to an emotion-provoking event and how we interpret the event. For example, if a car is dazed by the driver in the side lane, our reaction would depend on the intention that we see the episode. If it is interpreted as being deliberate, then anger could be provoked; if it is interpreted to be one of sheer accident, then the feelings aroused would be different.
Our interpretations of other’s actions play a key role in our emotional reactions to them. Cognition also influence affect of the expectancies regarding reactions. For example, conservative people are expected to dislike new types of food, clothing, etc. Hence, people show displeasure even before they have tasted the food or tried out the new style of clothes. Conversely, when we go out to a party or a game with the expectation of having a lot of fun; almost every aspect of the situation seems funny and enjoyable, regardless of the actual event. Our reactions are strongly influenced by our expectancies about how we should react.


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