Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Emotional fluorescence is known as passive aggression

Relationships are complicated. Trust and commitment are tested when problems pull the partners in different directions. When conflicts accumulate, their dark energy can unleash an unexpected emotional storm. What is the explanation for such fury?

Incoming photons can temporarily increase the energy of bound electrons, causing them to jump into an unstable, higher orbit. With an expected delay, the particle radiates out the absorbed energy and returns to its primary state. When the released energy takes the form of visible light, the phenomenon is called fluorescence. The process is not limited to inanimate matter. Living creatures, jellyfish and hundreds of other marine animals can display this fascinating ability thanks to fluorescent proteins in their bodies. However, an analog phenomenon, called passive aggression transmits emotional energy between people (and animals). 

In materials, fluorescence necessitates the presence of bound electrons. The same way, emotional fluorescence presupposes an emotionally bound state, with limited freedom, such as in a partnership, employment, etc. In the first step, negative experience increases brain frequencies of an energetically heightened mental state, which is experienced as aggravation and hurt. Experienced as manifested as an emotional distance, negative emotions can simmer under the surface for an extended period. The absorbed emotional energy constricts mental focus, leading to a partial, judgmental vision. Vignettes of past events and bitter memories fuel negativity, as the constricted mind is searching for an excuse and an opportune moment to retaliate. In the second step, the excess negative energy is projected back out in the form of criticism, sarcasm, judgment, innuendo, or irritable behavior. This is emotional fluorescence. The brain frequencies relax the mind into its original, former energy state, and the mental focus moves back to the present. Emotional fluorescence can operate between couples as a pendulum, and move emotional energy back and forth in synchrony, identical to resonance fluorescence. Emotional fluorescence can also migrate from the presidential chair down the ranks until someone kicks an innocent dog.

Related: Emotional temperature controls mob behavior

Picture credit: Fluorescence, by Hgrobe

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