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Many colors of paint and many different emotions

Many colors of paint and many different emotions

Many colors of paint and many different emotions

by Carnell Lyon, Staff Writer

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Emotions are the evolutionary coping mechanisms that gave us the effortless potential to scrawl our way up the biological ladder. Nature is an expansive kingdom that encompasses all of biological existence—from the basic planarian, to the complex human—all of this is life. However, what makes us special are these things that rush from us without reason, like an unstoppable flood. The things that petrify us in the midst of a life-threatening situation, the things that make cry when we’re sad, and from a general perspective, what makes us who we are—human. But what are emotions?

From an evolutionary psychological standpoint, emotions are superordinate; in other words, they are brain’s first call to action. More specifically, they are cognitive and chemical mechanisms within the brain that dictate what we are meant to do in a given situation to prevent any possible harm from befalling you. What is different in the biological world are that these responses are so extensive in their scope. For example, tears contain chemicals that are related to anxiety and depression. Sadness, grief, so on and so forth carry primarily negative connotations, however, these act as regulators and allow you to recognize what the issue is at hand. Think of emotions as a sort of a spidey-sense. Whenever there’s a lump in your throat, that’s your body telling to let out the ‘bad stuff’.

What fascinates me is that our body’s immediately recognizes when to use the right emotion. The brain doesn’t skulk through a plethora of emotional responses to see which the right one for a situation is—it just knows. During Christmas time, you get the present you’ve always wanted, accompanied by an explosion of uncontrollable happiness. Or more a more recent example, you’ve been struck with a horrible love sickness.

Some are born with or develop an inability to recognize and show emotion. For example, mental diseases like Alexithymia, prevent an individual from determining or exhibiting an emotional response. However, this doesn’t make them less human. For example, a chocolate chip cookie missing a chocolate chip doesn’t make it any less of a chocolate chip cookie. Well, that’s me anyway. Some particular individuals would see the perfectly fine cookie as a baked disaster.

Each of us is complex in our own special: how we look, how we think, what we do, but I believe the unifying vicarious factor is our emotions and without them, I wouldn’t be able to see coexistence and harmony as a possibility.

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