“Emotions” Are Bunk


“…the natural history of what we have been calling emotion in animals, a journey that led me to conclude that the roots of so-called emotional behavior are so deep, so old, that it makes no sense to use a term like emotion to describe these behaviors in any or – ganism, including humans.”

physiological responses (such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and other autonomic nervous system adjustments) that help the organism cope…

What are com monly called emotion functions in hu – mans and animals are not emotional func – tions at all. They do not exist to make feel – ings. They are survival functions essential for the continued life of the individual or the species.32 And in humans, survival functions are sometimes–perhaps often– associated with feelings. But the systems that underlie these functions op erate in – dependently from feelings in hu mans


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