09 Apr Human Emotion Knows No Boundaries
Have you ever been having a fabulous day then felt a sudden shift when someone in a bad mood enters the room?
Yep. Been there. On both sides!!
This is because human emotions can be felt by those around us. We can literally feel the “vibes” or emotions of others, whether it be sadness, joy, or stress–human emotion is contagious AF.
In other words, human emotions know no boundaries.
Emotions or Feelings?
Human emotions are not simply feelings. While often confused with feelings, emotions are the physical reactions, or chemical changes and sensations that take place throughout the body in response to feelings. The reaction may be a rush of adrenaline, constricted blood flow resulting in a feeling of light-headedness or a racing heartbeat.
Feelings, on the other hand, are the labels that we appoint to our situation and the accompanying emotions. These are described as anger, fear, joy, sadness, jealousy, and so on. Interestingly, many of the physical sensations that are attributed to one feeling may also be attributed to another. For example, butterflies in the stomach may be due to fear or excitement. There is not a particular chemical that is associated with each emotion, but instead an emotion leads to a series of chemical reactions…so whether an emotion has been labeled “positive” or “negative” they are all positive. They are simply chemical reactions.
For example, chemicals called neurotransmitters are transferred between cells through synapses, or electrical currents. Other chemicals are “broadcast” throughout an entire area or region of the brain. This is called signal layering and denotes how complex just one emotion can be.
The problem with emotions is not that we have them, because they can serve us well by informing us that we are in danger or to be more alert. Emotions can help the body release feel-good hormones like serotonin or dopamine or release calming signals to reduce stress once danger is over.
The problems with emotions come about when we don’t pay attention to them, bury them, or when we absorb other people’s emotions. But if emotions are chemical reactions, how is it possible to bury them or feel emotions of others?
The Science of Emotions
Now that we know emotions are chemical reactions, it seems that we should easily keep our emotions to ourselves. But our bodies are amazing machines that run on chemical and kinetic energy. We have electricity and magnetic waves that continually flow through us and from us, while particle physics tell us that our bodies are 99.999999% empty space!
Electrocardiograms measure the electrical activity of the human heart while electroencephalography (EEG) is a method to record electrical activity of the brain. Synapses are found throughout the entire body, which are structures that allows a nerve cell to pass electrical (and chemical) signals to other cells. Your body is a giant, electrical field that emits constant energy. And it is through this emitted energy that we seem to be able to tap into other people’s emotions.
Emotions = E(nergy) in Motion
As we have seen, emotions are a series of chemical reactions that require electrical signals to move the chemicals throughout our bodies at lightning speed (or faster). Our bodies are mostly kinetic energy, or the movement of energy. Reactions that take place in our bodies (emotions) in response to feelings do not remain contained in the physical unit, as energy travels in waves; in fact, we have already seen that it is possible to measure some types of energy that we emit.
When emotions are stuffed into the physical body with no outlet, they can cause us physical harm. Think of it as an electro-chemical reaction that has no outlet (remains unresolved). Emotions ultimately travel in waves and are meant to be released. But the key is to learn how to process emotions and then release the sensations in a healthy way.
“Stuffed emotions” is a term I prefer because this description allows one to envision what is happening. Instead of being felt and released, they get “stuffed” into areas of the body where they suffocate. When buried deep within, the emotion may be felt over and over again in response to external situations that are only slightly similar to the situation from when we first buried the emotion.
When this happens, the stuffed emotion becomes part of us. It becomes part of our personality and “energy imprint.” Have you ever been around someone who you thought had a good vibe? Or perhaps encountered a person who makes you feel stressed by simply being near you? You could be experiencing their stuffed emotions as they continually “bleed out” in response to cues around them. People who “feel like this” become so used to the sensations that they often don’t realize they are emitting negative energy.
Mirror Neurons and Emotional Contagion
Animals and humans both have something called mirror neurons, which are neurons that “mirror” the behavior of another. These mirror neurons are essential for learning, but they also help us read other people, which may be a survival skill that could inform us of danger, for example. Scientists do not fully understand them, but what is important is that they may reflect the emotions of others, causing us to be susceptible to their moods or emotions.
Emotional contagion is a term to describe a phenomenon of our brain’s ability to sync moods with others. The phenomenon is said to take place in response to non-verbal cues. I would surmise that it may also be connected to mirror neurons, reinforcing the idea that being affected by another person’s emotional problems is a very real experience.
Knowing that emotions create physical changes in our bodies and sometimes in a negative fashion, it is important to protect yourself from feelings that don’t belong to you. At the same time, we have to protect ourselves from the emotions that have been passed down through our own DNA as well as our own buried emotions.
The best way to do this is to be proactive and conscious of the process of how emotions work. Taking control of your thoughts can help you begin to be more in control of your emotions instead of allowing yourself to respond to anyone you happen to be around.
People who are considered emotional vampires are the obvious people to protect your emotions from. But at the same time, it is important to learn to respond to your own emotions and feelings as well as those of others in a positive or at least healthy way. This can be done by trying your best to pay attention to how you feel throughout the day.
Listen to your “gut” feelings to avoid others or at least change the conversations that make you feel bad or anxious. If you are dealing with a past trauma, use self-work, meditation or enlist the help of a therapist to work through your pain. This will help you learn to not bury emotions while at the same time protect your loved ones from your past traumas.
Working through our emotions and feelings may not be a picnic, but it can save us from years of pain, while helping to remove blockages that stand in the way of being who we truly want to be.
In my program The Harmony Keys .I provide a simplified, user-friendly approach to identifying stuffed emotions and releasing them for good. When I first created the The Harmony Keys not so long ago, the idea of stuffed emotions as a root of disease seemed far-fetched or even “woo-woo” but as science advances, we can now physically verify the process of emotions getting stuck in the body and how they create a build-up. I have worked with thousands of people all over the world and have found that there is not a single person I have come in contact with that doesn’t have a stuffed emotion. We all do. It seems that its become a part of our nature. When we learn to release stuffed emotions, we free ourselves from illness, heart-break, limiting beliefs and ideas, and even from debt. To learn more visit The Harmony Keys™