Emotional Intelligence: Find out how your emotions work

Emotions fingerprints is a myth

The classic view of emotions wants them to be a fixed state, always the same across the human and animal kingdom and from culture to culture. How much is that true? Probably none of it,

There isn’t a particular part connected to emotions but rather a set of processes

We believed our brain was like a machine with independent pieces, each of which with specific functions. Almost like a separate layer built one on top of the other. It turns out that is false. Emotions are constructed by the whole brain. Therefore rather than think about fear as a byproduct of a single brain‘s piece, such as the amygdala, we have to look at it as the fruit of several parts of the brain interacting thru several billion neurons that can form networks in a billion different ways,

The logic of one-to-many

Emotions are constructed in your whole brain. For instance, for decades we have believed that fear resided in the amygdala. Is that true? Apparently not so. Each of our brain‘s parts and networks function according to the logic of one-to-many. In short, “a single brain system contributes to many mental events,”

From physiological feeling to the making of an emotion

By making sense of our physiological states, we add a few our past experiences to make an emotion. The way the brain manufactures that emotion is more like a guess that it goes according to the context around it. In other words, the instance of emotions that we feel from time to time is not as immutable as we might think. That is how a stomach ache gets interpreted by your brain, and it suddenly becomes an emotion,

Degeneracy, the many-to-one principle

There isn’t such a thing as one expression per each emotion we experience. Instead, there are as many ways to express something for as many expressions we have on our face. That is degeneracy in action. There are many opportunities for our brain to manufacture an emotional instance,

Beware of fake scientific news

Your BS alarm should ring each time you hear the news that either talk of brain parts as separate and distinct from each other, or brain parts that can be switched on and off. Or when you hear about how we use 10% of our brains. All of those are myths, and you better stop paying attention to them,


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Gennaro Cuofano

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