Emotions Talks

Emotions are mental states brought on by neurophysiological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure. There is no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, or creativity.

Research on emotion has increased over the past two decades, with many fields contributing, including psychology, medicine, history, sociology of emotions, and computer science. The numerous attempts to explain the origin, function, and other aspects of emotions have fostered intense research on this topic. Theorizing about the evolutionary origin and possible purpose of emotion dates back to Charles Darwin. Current areas of research include the neuroscience of emotion, using tools like PET and fMRI scans to study the affective picture processes in the brain.

From a mechanistic perspective, emotions can be defined as "a positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity." Emotions are complex, involving multiple different components, such as subjective experience, cognitive processes, expressive behavior, psychophysiological changes, and instrumental behavior. At one time, academics attempted to identify the emotion with one of the components: William James with a subjective experience, behaviorists with instrumental behavior, psychophysiologists with physiological changes, and so on. More recently, emotion has been said to consist of all the components. The different components of emotion are categorized somewhat differently depending on the academic discipline. In psychology and philosophy, emotion typically includes a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. A similar multi-componential description of emotion is found in sociology. For example, Peggy Thoits described emotions as involving physiological components, cultural or emotional labels (anger, surprise, etc.), expressive body actions, and the appraisal of situations and contexts. Cognitive processes, like reasoning and decision-making, are often regarded as separate from emotional processes, making a division between "thinking" and "feeling". However, not all theories of emotion regard this separation as valid.

Nowadays, most research into emotions in the clinical and well-being context focuses on emotion dynamics in daily life, predominantly the intensity of specific emotions and their variability, instability, inertia, and differentiation, as well as whether and how emotions augment or blunt each other over time and differences in these dynamics between people and along the lifespan.

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Our Original Home

Human consciousness limits reality so that it can grasp "things".

Torei Zenji, Consciousness, Ego, Emotions, Evil, Japan, Discrimination, Interview,...
Jul 13 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Teachings for the Welfare of the World

In this summer series, teachings will be offered for those who aspire to embrace and sustain the great earth and all living beings in order to realize peace and freedom in our troubled world.

YRB-2019-Summer, Silence, Funeral, Emotions, Interview, soto, Practice Period, Birth-...
Jul 09 2019
The Yoga Room

Generating Energy

resistance, Patience, practicing generosity, Enthusiasm, Tassajara, Emotions, Breath...
Mar 09 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Liberation from Passion

Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva, Passions, Desire, Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Emotions, Dragons...
Dec 14 2013
No Abode Hermitage

The Boatman Does Not Use a Wooden Goose 

Addiction, Evil, Teacher-and-Student, Duality, Emotions, Separation
Dec 17 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Whole-Hearted Commitment for the New Year 

Commitment, Bodhisattva Precepts, Buddha Mind, Triple Treasure, Emotions, difficulty...
Jan 02 2011
No Abode Hermitage

The Mind of Enlightenment 

Enthusiasm, Patience, Duality, Balance, Emotions, Doubt, Mahayana, Tassajara,...
Jul 29 2010
The Yoga Room

Training for the Selfless Heart 

Desire, Demons, Birth-and-Death, Emotions, Intimacy, Attachment, Samsara, Continuous...
Apr 22 2010
The Yoga Room

Causation and Non-Self 

causation, Birth-and-Death, Faith, Suzuki Roshi, Emotions, Manjushri, Interdependence...
Apr 16 2009
The Yoga Room

How Can I Help Beings Enter? 

Nirvana, Birth-and-Death, Gratitude, Lotus Sutra, Desire, Attachment, Bodhisattva Vow...
May 10 2008
No Abode Hermitage

Zen Meditation as Bodhisattva Vow

During this course, we will study the bodhisattva vow, to see how the compassionate intentions of enlightening beings generate, work, and play with the mind of enlightenment to promote peace and...

Bodhisattva Vow, zen meditation, Balance, Karmic Consequences, resistance, Confession...
Aug 21 2007
The Yoga Room

The Light of Buddha's Wisdom - Precepts of Compassion

Buddha sheds the light of wisdom on the true nature of suffering, liberation, and the human mind, on the teachings of compassion, moral causation, and the whole phenomenal universe. This retreat...

Evil, Non-discrimination, Discrimination, Suzuki Roshi, Non-duality, Emotions,...
May 06 2007
Part 6
Mount Madonna Center

Baizhang's Fox

Being clear about cause and effect, intention, karma.

causation, Fox, Skandas, Funeral, Obstacles, Samsara, Hindrances, Emotions, Observe,...
May 27 2006
No Abode Hermitage

Crisis: A Spiritual Turning Point

Spiritual life exists in crisis, which can be used as a turning point. To the extent that we recognize that where we sit right now is a turning point, we are able to understand the possibility of...

Transmission, Emotions, Birth-and-Death, Attachment, Intuition, Bell, Culture, Anger...
Jan 08 2006
Part 2
Green Gulch Farm