The Power of Emotions

If you have watched the 2015 Disney animated film Inside Out, then you know how emotions can have a powerful influence over the thoughts and actions of an individual. The movie illustrates just that — demonstrating how humans are both rational and emotional beings. Our emotions, though often underestimated or ignored, play a very crucial role in our lives.

Understanding the powerful functions of your emotions is necessary to know how it affects your way of thinking, decision-making, relationships, and personal improvement.

Our emotions, though often underestimated or ignored, play a very crucial role in our lives.

Here are the top three important functions of emotions:

Emotions Motivate Action

Emotions help motivate you to take the necessary actions and adapt to circumstances to meet your goals. They steer you towards what you need and desire, and away from what you find unpleasant. They can greatly influence your decisions. As different emotions bring about different physical and mental reactions, being familiar with them – and how your body and mind respond to them – will help you make better decisions.

Emotions Help in Understanding Needs

Emotions help you understand both your own needs and the needs of others. It is easier for you to recognize your needs when you are aware of your own emotions. Also, it will be easy for you to recognize the needs of other people when you are aware of how they feel.

When trying to understand needs, emotions function as a form of information. While rational information gives you a logical perspective of a person’s needs, emotions alternatively provide an equally valid form of data that will help you understand better. By tuning in to this information, you become emotionally aware, and you can perceive and react more competently to the events of your internal and external environment.

Emotions Make Connections and Build Relationships

If you are aware of your own emotions and how they affect you, it would be easier to tune in to other people’s emotions too. This helps you to connect better and build strong relationships with them. Recognizing other people’s emotions makes it easier for you to understand what they need, creating a mutually beneficial bond with your peers, friends, and loved ones.

Strong emotions can override rational logic, and it can lead you to either a positive or negative direction.

While your emotions are generally beneficial to your mental, social, and personal well-being, not knowing how to properly manage them can do you more harm than good.

Emotions can be destructive too.

Despite the positive powerful functions of emotions, they too can be destructive, especially when you do not know how to make them work for your own good. Failure to recognize and manage emotions properly may result in taking actions that are more harmful than beneficial.

Expressing emotions inappropriately can have serious consequences. This is why it is important to make intellect and emotion work together. Likewise, failure to express emotions can do just as much harm.

Unfocused, suppressed, or unrecognized emotions can interfere with your natural brain chemistry, and this can cause several side effects, which include fatigue, damaged concentration, stress, and other physical and mental health problems. And because uncontrolled emotions can cloud your understanding of yourself and of others, they can also cause damage to your relationships.

Your emotional state affects everything.

Your emotional state, or your mood, affects almost everything you do. Strong emotions can override rational logic, and it can lead you to either a positive or negative direction. It can affect your decisions and actions, your interactions with others, your views and understanding, your performance at work, and so much more.

Even if you don’t realize it, emotions like joy, sorrow, anger, excitement, and boredom play a vital role in whatever you do. They can affect the way you perceive and react to the world, and most importantly, they can greatly influence the decisions that you make.

Uncontrolled emotions can cloud your understanding.

Develop Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient

Whatever the causes of your emotions and however they arise can have both external and internal effects on your entire well-being. This is the reason why it is crucial to be aware of and in tune with your emotions.

If you are aware of your own emotions, you will be able to understand where your reactions are coming from. This helps you control your way of thinking and address the real issues rather than allowing yourself to make a decision based on how you feel at the moment. This emotional awareness is your emotional intelligence quotient – also known as EQ. A strongly developed EQ helps you to function better, live a more fulfilling life, and harmoniously co-exist with others.

5 comments

  1. You are so right! I was just thinking about emotions this morning when I almost indignantly responded to a text from a friend. I was glad I took a pause and read her text again! I believe it’s always better to pause before acting in a way that may harm, and move more quickly when you can do good. Now to get better at it!!! Also, emotions can raise or lower my blood sugar! It’s amazing the impact emotions have in our health and our quality of life. Thanks for posting.

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  2. Emotions are my lifeblood for how I process the world. I am consumed by the depth of my emotions and I ever seek to swim to further and further depths, getting lost in the passionate purpose that is leading the life of an empath.

    Emotions offer so much variety in how to see the world. Feeling angry? Then likely your view of the world is going to be negative or pessimistic. Feeling hopeful? Magically your view of the world shifts and is full of positivity and possibility. Feeling confused? Suddenly your view of the world is chaotic and disjointed, thing no longer making sense as they once did. And those are just three basic emotions that can dictate your perception of the world around you.

    But as I mentioned perception of the world that is emotion based there is also then the accepted perspective of the world that is grown from time spent feeling certain things over a length of time. Had a hard life full of negative emotions that were never processed? – you’re likely to have a default perspective that makes being happy a little more difficult. Had a hard life full of positive interactions and reconciled issues? you’re likely to be a upbeat and happy feeling person on a moment to moment basis.

    Based on the moment to moment perception that builds to a state of perspective that filters into the realm of possibilities to manifest. For if you are a loud and angry person, how many positive possibilities do you think will be afforded you? On the flip side, if you are a kind and considerate and thoughtful person, how many times do you think someone will want to do something to upset you?

    Our emotions influence so much of our day to day. I love the this post and its deep explanation of the roles emotions play in our life. We live in such a wonderful world that so much beautiful information is out there be presented to be taken in by a world of different people. Such a blessed day to be alive.

    Much love in your journey and much light upon your path to wholeness and surety of self.

    ❤️

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  3. Part of being human is having to deal with emotions both our own, and of others. They hold power over us and they do so on a uniquely individual scale. Individually, we all have different ranges of emotions some more dominant then others. Yet emotions play a part in all that we do — and all that we have done! Think back on a past memory and some kind of emotion will be tagged to it.

    Not only are we different emotionally on an individual basis, but seemingly also on a cultural level as well? You ever notice how people from different countries, from different cultures than our own, seem to show their emotions differently than we do? Perhaps more aggressively? Or more passionately than we do?

    Anyway, I believe being in more control of ones emotions would make for a happier life. If only we could teach ourselves to step back and recognize them during that moment in time when they first appear and fight for control. Maybe they should be teaching emotional self-awareness in school? You know? How about some Real life management skills? — That be handy — no?

    I enjoyed your post Deep Tuesdays and your Topic! Be Well!

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