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Slave to Emotion Quotes

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.

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Emotions are Slaves Quote meaning:

Emotions and behavior are learned from the environment we live. When we grow up, we lose our ability to use our mind and become a slave to our emotions. It is our thoughts that evoke many emotions in us, but as you are a slave to your emotions, it takes control of your direction of our thoughts. When you lose your direction of thought, you have surrendered yourself as a slave to your emotion.

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Related Topics: Emotions, Slaves, Thoughts

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Source: Book - Eat, Pray, Love

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Emotions and Thinking:

When we are happy, things around us seem good; while in a state of unhappiness, everything seems difficult and bad. When the stimuli are vague, then the emotional states have a clear bearing on our evaluations. Isen (1987) found that the existing mood makes it easier to remember information that is consistent with it, rather than information that is inconsistent with it.

Positive and negative events also influence the way any information is organized in our memory. Positive events include a wider range of information within the memory categories and also provide an unusual association of words and objects as compared to negative events. For instance, when we get our results of the board examination, we remember what we were doing, what clothes we wore, whose company we were in, etc. Persons in a positive mood are also seen to be more creative. All these indicate that emotional states do influence the way in which we think.

Several of the heuristics can be applied here. The use of minimal cognitive effort, easy availability and motivated skepticism all can explain the relations between the emotions and thinking. Joseph Forgas carried out a study wherein the participants mood was altered by getting them to watch a comedy or tragedy. Then they had to choose a suitable partner, from the existing pool. It was found that the mood exerted a strong effect on the outcomes. Thus, the processing is motivated by the emotional states. These determine our decisions are in turn our relationship with others.

Thinking influencing emotion

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. Cognitions affect emotions through the activation of schemes or frameworks. It helps in identifying a person as belonging to a particular social group. This further indicates our feelings towards people belonging to that group. Thus, our social thoughts affect our emotions towards that person. This is how religious, national, ethnic, regional and other stereotypes that get activated influence our feelings.

Our thought can also influence our reactions to an emotion-provoking event and how we interpret the event. For example, if a car is grazed by the drive in the side lane, our responses 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 others actions play a key role in our emotional reactions to them. Thoughts 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 dress. 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 situations seems funny and enjoyable, regardless of the actual event. Our reactions are strongly influenced by our expectancies about how we should react.

Stereotypes: generalization about group characteristics.

Prejudice: unjustified negative attitude about a person because he belongs to a group.

Discrimination: unjustified negative action to a person because he belongs to a group.

Just world Belief: is thinking that victim deserved it. The role of accountability in suppressing manager’s pre-interview bias against African American sales jobs applicants - Thomas E Ford (2004). Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management

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