Why Do We Have Emotions?

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Why do we feel? Our emotions have a purpose, they exist to fulfill it. First emotions are composed of the way we experience them, the way our body reacts to this experience, and the way we behave or respond to having them.

Emotions are not time-bound. They have a flexible nature. They can end, begin and reoccur.  They can be short-lived or long lasting, depending on the situation.

Function of Emotions

However, emotions play many roles. For instance, they can motivate us to take action. When we feel tired, we’re motivated to rest in order to return to be energetic and active. When we are angry, we have a motivate to defend ourselves against what we believe may hurt us.

Thus, they are messages from our nervous system that help us survive. When we feel safe we maintain our lives and start cultivating the environment we live in, settle and thrive. However when we are in danger we tend to flee the place we’re in. 

Emotions also affect Decision making, and not only rationality. You do what you feel good about and you avoid doing what you don’t feel good about. Even if you are taking a risk and doing something dangerous or out of your comfort zone, knowing that you feel so and emotionally you prepare yourself for what might come.

In addition, emotions majorly influence Communication. The way we feel and how we express it is essential for others to understand what’s on our minds so that they can reciprocate and respond effectively. In retrospect, this is exactly what happens to us when we communicate with others, we read their feelings and their form of expression, whether through their body language or verbal communication. Expression of emotions gives us the opportunity to connect, see what’s on the table and act accordingly.

Expression of Emotions

Emotional expression has an important value in our lives every day. So the way we feel our emotions are different and so is the way we express them. We all feel the same emotions, but we feel them differently, and in reaction to different circumstances or events. In that sense, we are all very similar but also very unique in the way we feel emotions. 

So expressing our emotions is crucial for us so that they don’t overwhelm us. Identifying and understanding our emotions is key to expressing them, and by expressing our emotions we can help ourselves reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Identifying and expressing our emotions can also help us be more aware of our motives while we make decisions, because it’s easier then to balance between our emotional side and our logical side.

Listen To Your Body

We usually dismiss what we feel and sense in our bodies. Sometimes we sense a blockage in our throats when we need to say something, or cry. We can feel a twist in our guts or have a heavy heart when we’re distressed about something. We feel emotions in our bodies on a visceral level. Hence, Emotions embody themselves in order to be acknowledged. And so, acknowledging them is the first step towards letting ourselves feel them. 

Have you ever heard the phrase “feel it to heal it”? The first thing we need to do is to connect to our emotions, feel them, stay with them and let them through. Simply said, we need to feel what we are feeling. At times, if we have not been able to deal with overwhelming emotions, we may want to run away from our emotions. However, only by confronting them here and now do we get to move on.

Emotional Needs

Then we need to honor and support these emotions. After we connect with our physical sensations to feel these emotions and pay attention to them, we might feel pain. Perhaps we buried this pain somehow, suppressed it inside. We can provide respect for our pain to know what it is telling us and to have the power of knowing what we need.

Finally, our difficult emotions, our pain, or wound have a deep message. It may be saying something about our past. It is important that we nurture ourselves as we would do to a loved one or a child, listen to the truth that our emotion reveals. we need to deeply hear and connect to ourselves again to lift the fog from our vision. This clear vision is a step within the process and journey of self-knowledge and awareness.

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