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Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reasoning as a way of knowing

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Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reasoning as a way of knowing No aspect of our mental life is more important to the quality and meaning of our existence than emotions. They are what make life worth living, or sometimes ending. An motion is a complicated process which runs off at different psychological functional levels. The concept "feelings " which calls only the subjective experience of the emotion 'the big six primary emotions' as for example joy, desire, security, love, grief, annoyance, feeling of well-being is to be distinguished from it. Feelings become as usually different by perception, sensations and thinking, but also from the wish respected, nevertheless, can combine with all other ways of experience. In comparison to moods, emotions are relatively short and intensive. While moods and their triggers often remain unnoticed, emotions are the trigger and the psychological emotion components become usually the focus of the attention. Moods differ from feelings and emotions by the fact that they are experienced as time wise longer vastly ("Good mood ", "Depression "). What is experienced, besides, is primarily no cognitive classification (e.g., "I am in a good mood. ...read more.


Decisions such as these cannot be made only based on reasoning one also has to take into consideration the feelings of 'good' and/or 'bad' when it comes to the point to buy a house. This situation requires gut feeling and the emotional wisdom garnered though past experiences. In these cases formal logic can never work as the basis for deciding whom to marry or to trust or even what job to do. Otherwise reason would somehow be blind and wouldn't know what to do anymore without the enormous help of feelings. Furthermore, emotions are basic for gaining information because they affect our way of thinking and gives us energy and hope in certain points in a life time which then are sometimes used in order to justify our believes. A good example for that is reading the newspapers. One could argue that there is always parts of the article which are fake or just wrong information whereas one person who wants to be the facts true doubts that. In such case, the belief in the newspaper and the intuition or will influences reader two and makes him belief everything even though it might be a wrong statement in there. ...read more.


It is basically the first reaction to a question without even having thought about it or the immediate action in a sport. This natural intuition helps in some ways which are explained earlier but it can not always be trusted because sometimes the feeling is just wrong, for example, a tennis player just runs to the right of the court because he thinks that the ball will go there but the ball goes to the left and he loses a point. Such example is a perfect demonstration of how intuition could be an obstacle. Educated intuition is basically gaining information and therefore knowledge which usually requires a lot of concentration, like in school. Like Henri Poincare said "It is logic that we proved, but by intuition that we discover" it is also in real life. We always need both parts on one hand the thinking party and on the other the emotional (feeling) part. Only these two factors combined give the perfect mixture we need in order to make the ideal decisions in private life as well as in sport activities. Personally, I agree upon the conclusion of Henri Poincare who understood what is required to gain information and knowledge and successfully use them in one's personal life. ...read more.

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