The Heart and the Bottle: A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotions

 

 

 

 

 

“Children … are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth,” E.B. White famously asserted in an interview, admonishing: “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”And yet down we write still, deaf to White’s wisdom and to Tolkien’s insistence that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and to Gaiman’s crusade against the spiritual disservice of shielding children from difficult emotions.

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Você não está à mercê das suas emoções

Você consegue olhar para o rosto de alguém e saber o que ele está sentindo? Todos nós experimentamos felicidade, tristeza e ansiedade da mesma forma? O que são emoções afinal? Nos últimos 25 anos, a professora de psicologia Lisa Feldman Barrett mapeou expressões faciais, examinou cérebros e analisou centenas de estudos em fisiologia para entender o que realmente são as emoções. Ela compartilha os resultados dessa exaustiva pesquisa e explica que temos mais controle sobre nossas emoções do que pensamos.



Your Emotional Brain is Smarter Than Your Brain Thinks

 

Emotion is not the enemy of reason

 

 

 

Decisions drive our daily activities.

The need to decide is never-ending. You make decisions even when you unconsciously think you are choosing not to decide.

And we don’t always choose the most rational option.

Everyone processes information with both the rational and emotional parts of the brain. Here is an example that sounds familiar.

Your rational brain knows that certain habits like smoking, and skipping even minimal exercise are bad for your health, the emotional part of your brain sometimes overcome this knowledge, justifies and even rationalise these bad behaviours, and convince you to keep doing everything wrong for your health.

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