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January 29, 2020 at 6:32 am

Before you begin tackling this question, it is important to know that emotions and rationality are not opposites; being emotional can be perfectly well explained from a rational point of view, albeit more convoluted. Nor do they exclude each other. From what I understand from your question, the problem is finding a balance, or perhaps be more in control of your actions. It would help to understand what exactly logic is in the first place – or rationality, if that is what you are after. I would start with understanding what we know about the human cognition and our behavior. Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ is a good place to start. General introspection and mindfulness are also very efficient ways of ‘rationalizing’ – contemplate your actions and what thoughts you had. What could the explanations be and how would you have preferred to act? Try to be scientific in how you interpret your own behavior. Question everything, especially your own assumptions about who you are and what you can do. If you have trouble controlling your own impulses, try to strenghen your willpower somehow, eg. through meditation. What you are asking for, is hard. It will take time and the ‘transformation’ will probably be gradual to the point where it seems like you are not changing at all. This is an illusion. If you are consistently doing something, whatever small, you will be on your way. Habits and thought patterns are hard to change and knowing that in the first place will probably help a lot. Good luck! 🙂

February 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

There is always emotion.

This question is a desire. It reflects regret, self reflection, and a need to be better.

And as logical and Vulcan we think our cool thinking selves to be, we’re always happy to be right, and offended when we’re wrong.

Debates tend to be emotional. That’s because both sides are wanting to be right and not wanting to be wrong. Most people can’t let go of their subjective selves for emotional reasons.

The prize isn’t just to be right — it’s to retain the right to feel right and feel you’re better than anyone else. It’s the feeling of winning that we’re after. Unfortunately, schools train us to think and feel this way by grading us and rewarding us by our correctness. This reinforces emotions, not logic, as logical as their reasons may be.

There is always logic also.

February 20, 2020 at 9:14 am

Any description, even that of emotion above, is logical. We are able to make sense, and sense is made logically.
And this logic exists before and after any emotion. Why did you feel a certain way? If you investigate you will find answers, and much more will make sense. What happened after you felt this way? More truth, more sense.

March 27, 2020 at 9:24 am

1. Any description, even that of emotion above, is logical. We are able to make sense, and sense is made logically.
2. And this logic exists before and after any emotion. Why did you feel a certain way? If you investigate you will find answers, and much more will make sense. What happened after you felt this way? More truth, more sense.
3. So as emotional as we are, the emotions themselves are true premises in and of themselves. They become the root of truth for our lives and our reality. Emotions are the facts.

March 27, 2020 at 10:32 am

The one thing emotions are not, is logic itself. Logic works with premises. Emotions are the premises.
So how can I be more logical than emotional?
There is no “more”. Both are unavoidable, but also welcomed.
The more emotional you are, the more facts about yourself you have to work with.
The more logical you are, the more truth you’ll get out of your emotional facts.
One is fed to the other.
For the most part, working on your critical thinking skills is easier than training your emotions. We are who we are. If becoming less emotional entails being less yourself, then you’re locking yourself in a cage of your own making.
That will just lead to its own set of emotions.

March 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Before you begin tackling this question, it is important to know that emotions and rationality are not opposites; being emotional can be perfectly well explained from a rational point of view, albeit more convoluted. Nor do they exclude each other. From what I understand from your question, the problem is finding a balance, or perhaps be more in control of your actions. It would help to understand what exactly logic is in the first place – or rationality, if that is what you are after. I would start with understanding what we know about the human cognition and our behavior. Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ is a good place to start. General introspection and mindfulness are also very efficient ways of ‘rationalizing’ – contemplate your actions and what thoughts you had. What could the explanations be and how would you have preferred to act? Try to be scientific in how you interpret your own behavior. Question everything, especially your own assumptions about who you are and what you can do. If you have trouble controlling your own impulses, try to strenghen your willpower somehow, eg. through meditation. What you are asking for, is hard. It will take time and the ‘transformation’ will probably be gradual to the point where it seems like you are not changing at all. This is an illusion. If you are consistently doing something, whatever small, you will be on your way. Habits and thought patterns are hard to change and knowing that in the first place will probably help a lot. Good luck! 🙂