Monday, August 24, 2015

Negative emotions lead to stress, disease, and compromise your chance of success

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Whether anxious, angry, or sad to the point of crying, negative emotions feel like physical pain. Examining the brain during and after negative experiences by placing electrodes over the scalp reveals their complex psychology. 

High brain frequencies are critical in many brain functions (sensory perception, analytic problem solving, motoric action) and appear in negative emotions. The detail-oriented and energetically expensive activations represent stressful information flow, which siphons spiritual power. Over the long term, negative emotional states lead to impatience, insecurity, fear, and weakness. These problems in emotional processing can lead to social issues, such as rigidity, paranoia, and psychological and psychiatric consequences. Social difficulties and unhappiness can also lead to cognitive decline, mental issues, auto-immune diseases, and heart disease. The possible role of emotions in mental problems and disease gives urgency to understand them. 

A gradually shifting neuronal activation pattern guides the mental focus, unfolding a conceptual landscape. Like elevation in physical space, the brain oscillations formulate a mental, abstract surface. A neutral state corresponds to a flat terrain; high brain frequencies curve toward lower elevation, whereas decreasing oscillations represent an expanding ground. Consequently, positive emotions give the sense of being on the peak of a mountain, allowing the overarching picture of an open horizon, free of distracting details. In contrast, negative emotions' narrow, restricted, and detailed focus are analogous to being in a valley. This way, negative emotions reflect weakness and inferiority. Guilt triggers insecurity. Negative emotions represent an emotional weight, causing an overestimation of physical and psychological burdens causing avoidance.

Many studies have shown the connection between negative emotions and high brain frequencies. Although they often disappear from conscious awareness, negative emotions also have an insidious, long-term presence, manipulating the mind from the background. Stress is a perceived shortage of time, corrupting mental abilities and blinding us to opportunities. It inhibits positive focus or analytic thinking and causes irritation, passive aggression, and the need for criticism. For example, anxious individuals are attracted to negative stimuli (such as looking at angry faces), heightening aggravation.  

Fear is a typical trigger for aggression, like the derailed train that moves inevitably toward an accident; emotional cruelty and negativity cause failure, sickness, and family problems. Although suppressing negative emotions reverses the negative state, long-term results come from positive mental change, such as learning, meditation, and mindfulness-based therapies. 

The long-term consequences of emotions on well-being, success, or lack are recognized as karma—further reading: The Science of Consciousness.

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