Steven

Steven

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472 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - 3 False Choices That C... · 0 replies · +2 points

Thanks, I corrected the error. I was debating that in my head but was thinking of "past" as a noun so it didn't make sense. The English language can be weird sometimes! :)

472 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - Screw Your Excuses · 0 replies · +1 points

Only you can really know. That's why I suggest asking yourself and being completely honest with yourself.

474 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - When You Should Do The... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hey Evan, yeah this isn't a strategy that should ALWAYS be used, just one tool that is available to us.

Sometimes it IS better to just sit with your emotion, engage with it fully and honestly, and learn from it.

Other times it's better to just ignore an unhelpful, pestering emotion and do what you know is the right thing to do in spite of it.

Thanks for the comment!

489 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - The Complex Relationsh... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yep, that's ultimately what I do. If you view happiness as a kind of action and engagement, then happiness and motivation are inseparable.

489 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - The Complex Relationsh... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think this is a really good point, but I also think it's more complicated than that. For example, sometimes I do find myself happy for no particular reason. Do I have to define my happiness then, or is it OK to have a "general good feeling?" Sometimes those general/abstract/intuitive feelings have something more to say than when we attempt to compartmentalize our happiness or define it logically.

I do think it's a good point though. Sometimes being unclear about what makes us happy vs. unhappy can lead to more unhappiness.

489 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - The Complex Relationsh... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's exactly it Michelle!

501 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - Changing Your Emotiona... · 0 replies · +1 points

The neuroscience stuff doesn't add much new from a practical standpoint, but some people (including myself) like to know that these changes have a real, biological effect - and perhaps aren't just imaginary.

I think you know what is referred to when I say "negative emotion" (emotional states we tend to find unpleasant or want to avoid - fear, sadness, guilt, etc.) I understand that all emotions serve a function, but rough distinctions likes "positive" and "negative" still mean something for most people, so I like to talk within those terms.

501 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - Identify Your Habit Loops · 0 replies · +1 points

The reward for sites like Reddit maybe entertainment, or information, or just coping with boredom.

501 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - Believe In Yourself: 7... · 0 replies · +1 points

That is so awesome to hear - thanks for sharing and I'm glad to hear it helped your friend.

501 weeks ago @ The Emotion Machine - Why Buying Experiences... · 0 replies · +2 points

You don't spend money AT ALL? I have a hard time believing you. :)