Cognition, not emotion, precipitates the biology that drives behavior!
Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation (rev2020-08-02a)
“Goddess, sing me the anger, of Achilles, Peleus’ son, that fatal anger that brought countless sorrows on the Greeks and sent many valiant souls of warriors down to Hades, leaving their bodies as spoil for dogs and carrion birds: for thus was the will of Zeus brought to fulfilment” (Homer, 800-700/2009). With these beginning words written almost 3000 years ago, Homer’s Iliad linguistically sabotaged hundreds of millions of years of emotional evolution. The civilized arena was staged for aberrant emotion driving destructive behavior. In turn, this destructive behavior arising from emotional dysregulation and disorder required emotional regulation and control. Emotions-as-effect theory reconstructs the evolutionary bases of good- and bad-feeling emotions as the perception, by consciousness, of a biochemical physiology within the body and the brain precipitated by an evolved and nurtured cognitive neural circuitry. Emotions, feelings, and moods are perceptions of an internal state of biology precipitated by cognition. Homer’s emotions, feelings, and moods are a carefully nurtured neurolinguistic cognitive construct of the mind. Contrary to the linguistics of Homer, emotions are not causal, and they are neither destructive nor constructive; rather, they are indicators of the presence of very real destructive and constructive – and causal – cognitive behaviors. The correlations among cognition, a biochemical physiology of the brain and body, good- and bad-feeling emotions, and consciousness are a result of millions of years of evolutionary survival for the health and well-being of the individual. The question is, how will today’s ever-changing technical and political cultures and societies understand, nurture, and develop these same necessary correlations?
Keywords: cognition; evolution; emotional regulation; linguistics; well-being
The Question: Does cognition or emotion change the biology that drives behavior?
All evidence-based therapies change, develop, or re-process cognitive behavior to change emotions. But, does cognition or emotion change the biology that drives behavior. The tradition answer, based in 3000-year-old religious and literary linguistics, is “emotion.” Emotions-as-effect theory argues that when the cause-effect process is diagrammed with the logic of current cognitive research and the evolutionary process, cognition precipitates the biological changes that drives behavior and that are perceived as emotions.
If evidence-based practices (EBP) such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with its theory of adaptive information processing (AIP), forgiveness therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, interpersonal psychotherapy, and emotional intelligence are falsely founded in an illusionary cognitive construct of the mind called “emotional dysregulation” then what is all their research proving? The foundation of these evidence-based practices is an evolved emotional bio-feedback system as described in “Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation”.
Emotions have evolved for millions of years. They had become a very effective tool giving valuable feedback on the nature of one’s personal cognitive activities. Yet, when Homer wrote the Iliad, he began a false inscription of emotions’ evolved role in effective decision making to develop and maintain an individual’s health, wealth, and well-being. The importance of knowing, understanding, and teaching our children how emotions carry out these primary functions in human development can not be overstated.
How long will academia continue the instruction and edification of an emotional/cognitive dynamic regulatory theory erroneously based in a 3000-year-old literary and religious linguistics?
Andrew O. Jackson
Published by: Symbiotic Psychology Press · P.O. Box 930153 · Verona, WI 53593 USA
Published by: Symbiotic Psychology Press · P.O. Box 930153 · Verona, WI 53593 USA
Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Regulation (rev2020-07-30a)
Published by: Symbiotic Psychology Press· P.O. Box 930153 · Verona, WI 53593 USA
Symbiotic Psychology defines emotions as a perceived effect of neurological and biological changes precipitated 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.
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.
Andrew O. Jackson suffered from psychotic mania and suicidal depression and was in and out of mental hospitals from 1979-1996. Once after another “blackout” period, he “awoke” in a mental ward and wondered how he got there this time. The nurse said he went up to a police car and told them that his friend needed help. His “friend” was a trash can. Another time he “awoke” with a rope in his hand ready to put an end to this torturous life when a voice asked him, “Can you go on?” “They” wanted him to continue this existence a while longer. He replied, “Yes” and got himself to a hospital.
Around 1992, in a moment of inspiration that has now led to his emotions-as-effect theory, he began a self-directed healing program using his emotions as feedback for his biochemical, neurological, and physiological state of being. After a couple more psychotic episodes – one that landed him in the El Paso county jail and led to a divorce from his first wife – and after seventeen years of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, he no longer needed the benefits of their assistance. He has been medication free and without disassociation, depression, or mania episodes since 1996.
Since 2005, he has been writing to academics around the world advancing a new emotional paradigm that defines cognition as causal to and emotions as an effect of biochemical, neurological, and physiological states of being. Emotions, instead of being regulated by cognitive behavior as current psychological academia prescribes, have evolved to guide cognitive behavior for the health, well-being, and prosperity of the individual.
He has an MS in Technology Education and an MS in Management Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He was a high school shop teacher, a college CAD (computer aided design) instructor, a guest instructor in China teaching quality and inventory management, and a quality manager at an OEM (original equipment manufacturer). He is now happily married and retired from mechanical engineering, spending his summers sailing and winters alpine skiing.