How Emotions Are Made

I am known for being hard to read
still
it’s not true 
that emotions 
are things 
that happen 
to us.

Can we feel an emotion 
     if we don’t have a word for it?

Emotions are constructed, 
     are not some objective thing, 
          they’re learned and constructed.

the face          is very
     ambiguous 
in     its     meaning

You have a basic feeling
          — like “pleasant” “unpleasant”
          — and bodily sensations; 
the brain’s always predicting
what those sensations are.
We use emotion concepts 
to make sense 
of our sense. 

We construct emotions.
We are taught these concepts.
     You don’t teach feelings. 
But emotion concepts —
     like…

     once you know the word, 
          if you often hear the word, 
               then it becomes automatic, 
                    like driving a car. 

You can learn 
to distinguish 
between distress and discomfort. 

Realize that 
     if the brain uses past 
     to construct present, 
     invest in the present 
     to cultivate new experiences 
     that then become the seeds

 
     for your future.

* poem found here: https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/10/15245690/how-emotions-are-made-neuroscience-lisa-feldman-barrett

How Emotions Are Made

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