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What comes first? emotion or thinking?

  1. Cathyrin profile image55
    Cathyrinposted 7 years ago

    What comes first?
    emotion or thinking?

    Psychology has a lot of theories with regards to emotion and here are two theories that are in conflict. One theory suggests that emotion comes before thinking and the other theory says that emotion comes after thinking.

  2. rwelton profile image70
    rweltonposted 7 years ago

    Always emotion.  Thinking always comes last and always late, if it ever comes at all.

  3. Pente profile image82
    Penteposted 7 years ago

    When you observe something, the amygdala creates an emotion before the frontal cortex can analyze it. For instance, if you saw a snake on the sidewalk while walking, you might feel a moment of fear from the amydala before the rational part of your brain analyzes the snake and decides it is a harmless variety.

    On the other hand, if you consider a sad event from the past, then it could conjure up an emotion.

    So both theories are correct. It just depends on the situation.

  4. Extinct Soul profile image58
    Extinct Soulposted 7 years ago

    In my case, it's emotion..
    but in my I-don't-know-what-the-heck-happend days, it's thinking then followed by the emotion...smile)

  5. suncat profile image57
    suncatposted 7 years ago

    I think it's emotions that come first.

    You may be able to control them real good and not let them interfere with your thinking but they are definitely there and they are there first.