For some reason we are obsessed with end results. On top of that we try to achieve them directly. The goal is the reference point. One problem is that the goal holds a promise. We look foreward to achieve it because we will feel a certain way.
It’s time indeed to change the world but how? I think in the first place that we need and internal revolution directed at becoming emotionally independent. How are we dependent then? We unintentionally associate our emotional well-being with our thoughts. Now our thoughts dictate how we feel, and we constantly manipulate them in order to [...]
De amygdala wordt nog steeds voornamelijk geassocieerd met angst. Er bestaat geen twijfel over het feit dat deze belangrijke hersenstructuur betrokken is bij angstreacties in relatie tot biologisch relevante gebeurtenissen. Bijna al het neurowetenschappelijk onderzoek dat ooit verricht werd naar de expressie van angst wijst dan ook in de richting van de amygdala. De nadruk [...]
On Christmas Eve, I went to the midnight service. Not because of my deep religiousness but because my father sings in a local church choir. During the homily, the minister talked about faith. He referred to the previous reading from the Gospel, and he stressed this reading was not about conveying facts. He primarily understood [...]
We are not aware, or we tend to forget that the world in our mind is a construction. Our brain created this world. If we look at the sun, we see an image of something outside of our body. If we look at our feelings, we see an image of something inside of our body. [...]
One of the hardest things to do is to translate feelings into words, also known as affect labeling. There is a gap between what our gut is telling us and the words we use to explain these sensations. Of course, that goes for everything we observe in this world and try to articulate. However, in [...]
Is it truly possible to empathize with others? In order to answer this question an understanding of despair and consolation is necessary. Soren Kierkegaard said that the most common form of despair is not being who you are. But what does it mean to be yourself and why is it so hard? Is who we [...]
According to Hume the sentiments, like he called our emotions, are intrinsically motivating. We can’t be motivated based on reason alone. The input of emotions is essential. This statement has been scientifically investigated by Antonio Damasio. His conclusion was that the loss of emotionality, caused by brain injuries, can be an important source of irrational [...]