You Aren’t At The Mercy Of Your Emotions

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Dear Still Water Friends,

This Thursday evening we will continue last week’s exploration of mindfulness and the developing neuroscientific understanding of our emotions and minds. In her TED talk, “You Aren’t At The Mercy Of Your Emotions — Your Brain Creates Them,” Lisa Feldman Barrett contends:

Emotions are not what we think they are. They are not universally expressed and recognized. It may feel to you like your emotions are hardwired and they just trigger and happen to you, but they don’t. You might believe that your brain is prewired with emotion circuits, that you’re born with emotion circuits, but you’re not. Your brain does not react to the world. Using past experience, your brain predicts and constructs your experience of the world. Emotions which... Continued
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