I’m a big fan of science fiction shows.
Especially well-written, futuristic ones.
There’s usually a character that is some kind of android, or advanced human, or Vulcan-like person.
Pure logic, zero emotions.
This sets up plenty of interesting scenes where some human is explaining emotions to the robot.
It’s like we admire those who are free from emotions, but at the same time we enjoy seeing somebody explain human emotions.
To be sure, they are the BEST and the WORST part about being human.
When you’re hitting on all cylinders, and you feel like the whole world has your back, nothing feels better.
On the other hand, when nothing works and everybody looks at you like you’ve just crawled out of a dumpster, nothing feels worse.
From a society perspective, our emotions are “glue” that keep us operating smoothly.
Guilt, fear, pleasure, desire. They ostensibly push us towards things that are good for us, and push us away from things that are bad for us.
It doesn’t help that the our emotions were created for a world FAR simpler than the one we’re living in.
This gives rise to situations that on the surface look fine, but underneath we feel like we are on an emotional roller coaster.
Most people know intellectually what to do to get ahead, for example. It’s the DOING that’s difficult.
Sure, if you talk to enough people, you’ll find the ideal business partner, or girlfriend or boyfriend.
It’s the TALKING that’s the tough part.
So we respond by telling ourselves all kinds of stories to make us feel better.
Usually on a subconscious level, so we aren’t really aware of what’s happening.
Then we’re no longer interacting with the REAL word, but one that’s partially based on our on interpretation.
But like anything else, being able to handle your emotions is a SKILL.
The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
Luckily, there are a LOT of ways to do this.
One is to just simply DO IT enough and desensitize yourself.
This takes massive courage, commitment, and time.
Luckily, there are TONS of mental exercises that can help.
Not only to build up your emotions BEFORE going into sketchy situations, but to help you respond much more resourcefully to unknown events.
There’s nothing worse than walking down the street, in a good mood, and then BAM!
Something happens and everything’s suddenly crap.
You can learn to BULLET PROOF yourself from those situations, no matter WHAT they are.