Do you know the difference between Toxic emotions and Healthy thoughts?
Here is all you need to know.
Have you ever stopped to consider the question: what is the real difference between positive and negative emotions? Most people accept that emotions such as fear, sadness, guilt, etc. are a part of life, but they view them as an unwanted part of life. The bad part. I will advise you try to understand the difference since the avoidance of negative emotions is one of the biggest obstacles in our lives. (1)
Overtime, I noticed that practicing gratitude and positive thinking are completely valid strategies for living a happier life, but their purpose is not to get rid of negative emotions. While you can choose thoughts that trigger positive emotions, you also benefit from experiencing or feeling negative emotions in order to release them (and avoid suppressing them). To become more comfortable experiencing all emotions, the first step is understanding what emotions actually are. (2)
Have you ever stopped to consider what makes up your emotions and feelings? You should spend your lives pursuing what will produce good feelings, but what are they, really? Emotions are the experience of energy moving through the body. Emotions live inside of us, and may or may not be concentrated in specific areas of the body. What happens when you become overwhelmed with sadness and begin to sob? Your lungs start convulsing. Have you ever been angry and felt your chest begin to tighten? Or, after receiving fantastic news, have you ever suddenly felt lighter on your feet? Emotions constitute very real forms of energy inside our bodies. (3)
Emotions are a human experience. They are meant to be felt. They are, in and of themselves, harmless, yet we avoid them like the plague! It is when you attempt to suppress them that they
begin to cause problems for you. If you have problems with expressing your emotions, I
recommend you CONTACT me to understand your unique case and for advice on some
supplements that could help. I’ll breakdown the difference between positive and negative emotions and how you can learn to embrace both of them in your life. (4)
Positive and Negative Emotions
It’s important to understand that emotional energy is essentially neutral. Labeling an emotion negative or positive is another way of saying what feels “good” vs “bad.” These are all our own interpretations of different forms of energy. Yes, sadness is just a different form of energy! We also know that human beings gravitate toward the forms of energy we label “positive”, so let’s explore the differences. (5)
What we label as positive emotions are typically those that lead to expansion within our physical body. Think about what happens when you feel an emotion you label as happy, excited, calm, or peaceful. You might feel a surge of energy where your chest opens, your jaw relaxes, and your mouth widens into a smile. You might feel your muscles relax and your breath become slower and deeper. Or, you might feel a heck of a lot lighter. We typically call this feeling good. (6)
Negative emotions are often correlated with fear and tied to our natural fight or flight response. When you experience a perceived threat, fear causes you to seize up. You contract, constrict, and prepare for battle, whether we choose to attack or defend. Your body can react this way to a threat whether it is real or perceived (psychological). Fear is often expressed as anger. Sadness can be thought of as a longing for a need that’s perceived to be missing (a loss of and yearning for connection, as an example). At the core is a fear of vulnerability or loss of control over one’s circumstances. (7)
Negative Emotions vs. Positive Emotions: A Look at the Differences
As I have explained earlier, positive and negative emotions are both vital for a healthy, well-rounded life. Let’s take a look at how emotions in both categories impact us:
Positive and negative emotions both have important roles to play when it comes to the brain, but they are generally separate roles. For example, positive emotions have been shown to impact the brain in the following ways:
- They can increase our performance on a cognitive task by lifting our spirits without distracting us like negative emotions do.
- Positive emotions can trigger the reward pathways in the brain, contributing to lower levels of a stress hormone and greater well-being.
- Positive emotions may help us broaden our horizons and widen our brain’s scope of focus.
While negative emotions are known to affect the brain in the following ways:
- Facilitating emotional conflict processing, helping us to make sense of incongruent or conflicting emotional information. In other words, negative emotions can help us figure out tough emotional problems.
- Facilitating cognitive conflict processing, aiding us in comprehending incongruent or conflicting cognitive information. Negative emotions can also help us make sense when we receive confusing signals.
- Reducing the experience of empathy, which can help protect us from getting too involved with others and stay focused on our goals.
From my analysis, its obvious that both have impactful roles to play in our brain, and these roles are complementary rather than competitive. (8) If you are finding it difficult to deal with both, I recommend you CONTACT me to understand your unique case and for advice on supplements that could help.
Negative emotions are the catalyst for positive emotions. If the process of contraction is allowed to happen, eventually our bodies (and minds) will naturally relax and expand. When I talk about “dealing with” negative emotions, you might assume it focuses on ways to make them go away. However, it’s essential to process all negative emotions that are trying to surface in order to create new positive emotions.
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