EF30 (AMA-EF9): Emotional Manipulation, Tribalism and Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Think Before you Feel — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF9

(EF30) AMA-EF9: Emotional Manipulation Tribalism and Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Think Before you Feel Ask Me Anything for Episode EF9

(EF30) AMA-EF9: Emotional Manipulation Tribalism and Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Think Before you Feel — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF9

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Countless theories like the Hurrah/Boo Theory show that we'll jump onto the emotional bandwagon of the masses almost instinctively. Why? To feel safe. But is there a way to break the secure chains of emotions? Is there a way to rationalize the irrational, reason the unreasonable and be ultimately be masters of our feelings? More...


Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to an Ask Me Anything (AMA) of Episode EF9, which was Season 1, Episode 7 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled I Feel, Therefore I am: Capsized on the River Emotion.  The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is … Can rationality and emotions coexist? It’s a fascinating question that actually has surprisingly little research or philosophical investigation.

As a reminder about Episode EF9: Elliott made a terrible mistake that’s been haunting him ever since. As if rafting through Class V rapids without a paddle, Elliott’s sanity is inches away from crashing into sharp rocks of guilt, shame and sadness. Where do we turn when it feels like our emotions have us hurtling out of control in dangerous waters? And is there any hope for recovery even once you’ve faced the reality of your situation head-on, in light of the power of these emotional currents?

The seventh episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question Can rationality and emotions coexist. We wish we don’t feel pain, sorrow or sadness. But what if somehow we managed to remove every single emotion. Could we really exist?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF9, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:

  • Are emotions and instincts the same thing?
  • How do we know when our emotions are being manipulated?
  • Why does society cause us to go down these rat holes of tribal splits and hating groups?
  • Does meditation serve the same purposes as like what CBT does?
  • Why do you think it’s so hard to do something that matters? Is it tied to our emotions?
  • What makes us happy?
  • And more…

Can Rationality and Emotions Coexist?

The big question driving Episode EF9 is … Can rationality and emotions coexist? We tend to put people (and ourselves) into two groups: people who are rational, and people who are emotional. So what should you strive being? A rational or emotional person? Rationality is usually more encouraged as too many emotions can blur your mind. But is it that simple?

Emotions motivate even the most rational people. Thus, shutting down one side is like riding a bike with one leg. Although feelings and rationale do come in conflict — with your mind being the arena for the great fight — we need cohesion and acceptance of their collaborative value rather than picking sides in the fight. Only you can know the key to your personal cohesion and harmony. And how can you know anything without experiencing the conflict first?

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to William James. See the EF30 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

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