Fight or flight? This is a basic stress response to problems that arise that may threaten our well-being or even survival. If we have to choose fight then anger helps us. Be angry.
In any fight one party, or both parties, may lose. Become injured. Or, even face destruction. Fear has saved many lives. Be afraid. Fear can help us flee from danger. Be fearful.
Determination is the emotion to help overcome obstacles. It’s the deliberate and skilled use of PFC willpower. Practise and repetition of mental tools and heuristics can build determination. Be determined.
To minimize giving offence to others we have evolved the emotion of shame. Frontal disinhibition may block this valuable emotion. Be ashamed.
How do we know what’s important in life, not just urgent. Some things are so important that they fill us with joy. And, then we are reminded of what is more valuable than just making a living. Music helps. Be joyful.
Sadness connects us with those we love. And, those who love us. We don’t grieve alone. We need to get comfort and give support. Be sad.
To increase our chances of survival and growth we need to plan and look ahead into the possible futures. This is an adult emotion that can be honed through knowledge and training in skills like lateral thinking. Be anticipating.
That was then. This is now. Things change. All the time. Surprise is a very useful emotion to help focus on new situations as they arise. Humour, one of the most important faculties of mind is linked to this emotion. Be surprised.
Trust builds co-operation. We work better with those we trust. We trade better with those that trust us. Some people are value-fountains. These are the ones to trust. Others are value-drains. These are the ones to avoid. Be trusting.
Many things are unhealthy in this world. Not just spiders and snakes. The emotion of disgust helps us to avoid and repel what is unhealthy. The emotion of disgust can help to discern toxic scenarios. Be disgusted.
The Limbic Games
You think of the ways we respond emotionally to situations and how we can go fully frontal and use our cvs2bvs thinking to manipulate or change our emotional responses in our mammal brain, our limbic system.
I call these ways to change, The Limbic Games.
For example, the 4 following limbic games can involve switching: