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Which Come First, Thought or Emotion?

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Which comes first, thought or emotion?  Because sensory information streams through our cortices with many connection points into the limbic brain by the time the information reaches our cerebral cortex for logic processing we have already placed a “feeling” on that information.  It’s already encoded as either pain or pleasure, sadness or joy, etc.  Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor notes that “although many of us may think of ourselves as “thinking” creatures that feel, biologically we are “feeling” creatures that think.” (My Stroke Of Insight, 19).  Can you isolate some of your “rational” thoughts today and trace them to their root feelings?  How much better could you know yourself if you did this once a day?

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