All human beings only have 10 primary emotions
Interestingly only 1 of them is positive
How emotional are you?
Take a few minutes to scan the chart below and try to register or make a mental note of those emotions that you have felt in the last few days or weeks, or that you can recall as being emotions that regularly arise within you.
If most of your emotions that you have felt recently are in the left had side of the chart then, by and large, you are not at the mercy of your emotions. However, if most of your emotions are in the right hand side of the chart, those emotions that you are feeling will be having a physiological effect on you.
Whilst emotions may arise in the brain they are felt in the gut – often referred to the ‘second brain’. It is here in this part of the body revered in the East, where it is known as the Hara - as the seat of digestion and reproduction - that we also feel fear, express anger and laugh until we ache here. We feel grief and sadness here, and express contempt and disgust from here and it is here that we feel jealousy and envy. And of course it is also here where we feel the warm glow of happiness and joy.
That’s quite a lot of stress you body is being bombarded with every time you get angry and there is a lot of angry people out there who have little or no control over their anger and suffer from this kind of stress on a daily basis.
Anger is triggered by the object of the anger and can vary from furious rage at the top of the scale to being just a little cross at the other end. As long as the object of the anger is held on to it will continue to cause the anger to arise.
By learning to control your thought processes so that they don’t result in the downward domino effect causing negative emotions to arise, you can learn how to be aware of them and their causal effect on you, recognising the triggers of your emotional strengths and weaknesses leading to a more emotionally mature you.