Are Your Thoughts Tied To Your Emotions Or Is It The Other Way Around?

A woman processing thoughts and emotions.

Perhaps you’ve never thought about this, but when you have bad thoughts about someone or something, do you find yourself in a grumpy mood? Do the thoughts lead to standoffish behavior? When this happens, it is an example of an individual’s emotions directly impacting their thoughts.

Certainly, emotions have been described in many ways over the years. Let’s look at a few types of human emotions.

  • Excitement
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Affection
  • Worry
  • Concern
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Hopeful
  • Sorrowful
  • Anticipation

Now consider how the first three emotions listed above could be tied to thoughts.

Excitement generally implies that you are or will soon be experiencing a happy and joyful event. However, your excitement could also be directly connected with other emotion triggers. For example, you could be excited to the point of becoming fearful when anticipating having to take a driver’s test. But when you pass the test and the clerk hands you the driver’s license, you could feel elated and happy.

It is of most people’s opinions that emotions are the result of one of two instances. Either there is an inner thought that triggers an emotion or there is an outward circumstance that launches our thoughts into all sorts of directions—each one of these connected to an emotion.

Emotions Affect Your Physical Reactions

Emotions tend to alter the normal everyday chemical reactions that occur in our bodies. For example, when you’re filled with fear or you’re ecstatically happy, your heart rate increases. Sometimes, you might even find it difficult to breathe.

Every thought and emotion has a beginning, a period of time that the emotion or thought lasts, and an ending. We’ve already established that thoughts and emotions can be pleasant or unpleasant, but how much control do you truly believe you have over your thoughts and emotions? Or do you have any control?

Each one of us responds in our own special way with an instinct that drives us full forward into action, or certainly, a specific type of response. Sometimes we’re able to “talk” ourselves out of an ugly situation, and that’s okay as long as we’re not burying it before dealing with it. But most of the time, unless you are well-practiced and have learned not to react negatively to situations, your thoughts will impact the course of action you eventually take to handle the situation.

Getting Help When Your Thoughts and Emotions Feel Out of Control

When you find yourself in that delicate situation where it feels like you’re not able to handle a thought pattern or emotion, there is help available. If you’re feeling suicidal, ther first thing you should do is call 911. For less serious states of mind, help is available through online personal consultants, like myself, who can help by listening and suggesting more positive ways to direct your thoughts and emotions, so contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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