Emotions Cannot Be Both the Cause of Neurological and Biological Changes Within the Brain and Body and the Effect of Said Same Neurology and Biology.
Emotions as used in science are both causal to biological change and the effect of biological change. This is not science. One word, emotions, cannot be defined as both the cause of neurological and biological change and the perceptual awareness of said same neurological and biological change. Symbiotic Psychology defines emotions as a perceived effect of neurological and biological changes actuated by cognitive processing activities of the mind.
Somewhere, sometime, somehow, academia must find some common ground. Since I began voicing my concerns over psychological and pharmaceutical therapeutic methodologies erroneously based within causal aberrant and destructive emotions, over a million (MILLION) Americans have committed suicide, millions of other people have been put in incarcerating conditions that only amplify their psychological injuries, and mass shootings continue with no review of the psychological environments that are oblivious to emotions’ evolutionary design and that are fostering all of these atrocities. Lack of true academic questioning and review of psychological and pharmaceutical emotional theory is a true crime against humanity.
“Captain” Andrew Jackson 2nd in command, at the helm with “First Mate” Barbie Jackson in charge, at the fore on the jib, racing their E-Scow with crew Peggy and Charlie. Andrew at 66 is the youngest and Barbie at 71 is the oldest of team Avanti. (photo courtesy of Tim Stanton)
The “science” of emotional regulation kept me imprisoned in a living hell.
My psychologist gave me a life sentence: psychotic mania of bizarre realities, listening to voices, and a split personality with blackout periods when someone else was at the helm. And then there was the suicidal depression. I ‘awoke’ with a rope in my hand when a voice asked, “Can you go on?” I said, “Yes,” and got myself to the mental hospital.
The “logic” of cognitive regulation through emotional guidance set me free.
Rather than demonizing emotions as aberrant, destructive, out-of-control and in need of regulation because of an emotional disorder, Symbiotic Psychology understands emotions as an evolved sensory system, akin to the sense of pain, giving conscious feedback of a state of biochemical physiology. Emotions, instead of being regulated by cognitive behavior, are used to guide cognitive behavior for the health, well-being, and prosperity of the individual.