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Where do you believe the seat of your emotion is housed?

Asked by Shippy (9870points) February 9th, 2013

If you have a soul is it there? If you do not believe you have a soul where do you feel it is housed within you? Feelings like melancholy and love for example?

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Earthgirl's avatar

I believe that we have a soul and a self. I believe that we’re more than the sum of our parts. In that space above and beyond our mere biology, in our reactions to life and our feelings about our selves and our relationships with other people, lies our selfhood. Then the choices we make based on those feelings are an act of self creation. I like to think that it isn’t all biologically and genetically determined.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I know it’s in my heart. It’s where I feel love and pain more than any other place.

bookish1's avatar

In my amygdala? Isn’t that where the reptile brain lives?

According to T. H. White, author of The Once and Future King, we humans keep our souls in our liver. I do kind of feel it sometimes. I think that’s what explains “that sinking feeling” !

linguaphile's avatar

I feel almost all my strongest emotions right in the middle of my gut, where my stomach is.

When things get really bad, I tend to vomit or have some kind of gastrointestinal distress, so for me, it’s my stomach.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I feel fear in my stomach. I had that icy feeling when my s/o had a bad mammogram. I feel love in my heart.

hearkat's avatar

Prior to my hysterectomy, my volatile emotions were in my uterus tangled up in fibroids and endometriosis. Now I am much more level-headed, and when I do feel a very strong emotion, I catch my breath or feel my heart skip a beat – so nowadays they’re in my chest.

I am undecided as to whether we have a spiritual soul that is separate from our bodies, or whether we are just a collection of energy that disperses back into the universe when our body dies. To me, that is an unanswerable question.

FUKADUKA's avatar

Recently it is placed all over my body. I never used to feel it like this because I took the time to align my body. But when i describe it all over it goes away. I feel my right eye is the now part of me when i begin to decide to ‘feel’. I tend to throw my emotions away alot since they get in the way of my physical well-being. Near death situation place my whole body vibrating/tingling…especially my right leg

Blackberry's avatar

The brain, perhaps?

Unbroken's avatar

I believe my everyday stress manifests in my shoulders and neck.

But my deeper emotions are seates in my abdomen.

tups's avatar

I don’t know if we have a soul or not. I don’t know if we are our body or if we have a body. I think I believe we are our body, but also not only our body, if that makes any sense.

I feel the core of my emotions in my stomach. If I’m in love or stressed or nervous, I can’t eat a bite.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Has to be the brain which seems to be responsible for everything – we seem to be nothing more than hormones, neurons, nerves. A circuit board.

mazingerz88's avatar

I don’t know if I have a soul. If there is, I would guess its activities all get processed in the brain, my inner organs just react based on what correspondence the brain sends them.

bookish1's avatar

When’s thorninmud gonna swing by and set us all straight?

wundayatta's avatar

Gosh, I feel emotions all over my body. Anxiety is in my chest and stomach. Sadness is in my heart and shoulders. Lots of different things are in my back and shoulders. Tension can be in legs and arms. Sometimes I feel these chills going up my spine and out my head.

I think I experience myself as being behind my eyes a lot, so I feel like “I” exist in my head. I’m used to thinking that’s where my thinking takes place. But I guess I could move that around my body.

So I don’t really feel myself located in one part of my body. I’m really my whole body. I believe that the entire nervous system contributes to the process known of as thinking, so thinking occurs throughout the body. I do not think we could think without the body and when we lose limbs, we lose mental capacity.

My emotions are processed in my brain, so some extent, but they also bypass the brain in many cases. THere is no one location.

As if this question is not enough, you ask another big deal question about the soul. That’s too much for one question, and I’ve answered it in the past. I’m sure I’ll get a chance to answer it again.

mattbrowne's avatar

Primary emotions are bodily reactions automatically triggered by the brain and then noted by other parts of the brain. The amygdala for example maintains a preloaded database of dangers.

Shippy's avatar

Thanks for your answers. A lot of emotions are simple like fear response. But complex emotions like melancholy I am not sure are not housed in the liver for example. Or committed love. (That love that is felt despite negative triggered responses and chemical reactions).

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