Wednesday, January 20, 2016

what are you feeling today?

From WBUR's Cognoscenti pages:
The most successful leaders, he suggested, know how to manipulate the emotions of their followers: “The energy that actually shapes the world,” Orwell wrote, “springs from emotions—racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war.”
Your own emotions, however, are not what you think they are.

Recent research on emotions  points to indications that there is little or no difference between anger, sadness, and other bad feelings:  it just feels bad.   There are good feelings, too, but between these two big groups, finer distinctions turn out to be our own invention.

Here's the rub: if we as individuals form (create?) our own emotions,  we are responsible for our reactions to people identified as "leaders".    Go back to the top of this page.

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