Perhaps different emotions should precede different kinds of actions. The previous posts were concerned about the long-term effects of the emotions preceding a decision point. The general conclusion was that the emotion felt at the time of a major decision would create a continuing bias relative to that future activity. It was suggested that one should be in a positive state of emotion when making a decision. This post will consider the multitude of other emotions and the possibility that evolution has built into our human DNA proper reactions associated with every emotion. It would appear that decisions based in a moment of anger would be counterproductive to long-term relationships, but perhaps one’s DNA would disagree. Perhaps every one of the emotions listed on the chart below has an ideal reaction associated with it based on actual experience of a million generations. Those were the reactions that proved to work best when those emotions arose. But, how could reactions based on a frantic, hysterical, terrified person be ideal for the situation? Perhaps it is.
There are many categorizations of emotions, and here is a visual chart that will give a logical display of the basic ones. I didn’t find the root source of this often used image.
It would seem that the best decisions would be made when a person is in the green zone on this chart. And yet there may be situations where that may not be the best emotion for relating to some specific event. On TV drama shows most of the action concerns various kinds of violations of basic human decency and then comes the storm of emotional reactions and dramatic interactions between the characters.
We humans who are capable of forethought would normally choose decisions made when in the emotional states at the very bottom position on the chart, which could be labeled serene. Perhaps, that is wrong.
Some people claim that we are always in an ideal state for coping with the present moment.