ARE U CONTROLLED OR CONTROLLING YOUR EMOTIONS?

When you’re a slave to your emotions, they can motivate you to do things that are really negative and destructive.

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Signs that you are becoming a slave to your emotions:-

You react without thinking

One of the biggest signs that you’re a slave to your emotions is if you find yourself reacting to a lot of the situations in your life without thinking at all.

In psychology, there is a term known as amygdala hijack which refers to the phenomenon when the emotional parts of our brain have completely taken over the thinking parts of our brain.

This is when you are so overwhelmed with emotions that you aren’t even capable of being reasonable.

Have you ever seen two people really arguing with one another at the top of their lungs and flailing their arms? And their voices begin to change dramatically – as if it is someone else speaking?

That’s just one example of people becoming completely hijacked by their emotions – it can really bring out the worst side of you when it happens – and it’s an ugly sight to behold.

It feels right in the moment, but wrong afterwards

When you’re caught up in the moment, your instincts feel right even when they are wrong.

It always feels like a good idea at the time to snap back at someone, or insult them, or punch them in the face, but that short high is often followed by a long comedown.

When we have emotional outbursts, we tend to regret them soon after. We feel really crappy for what we did, and we wish we could go back in time to take it back. But we can’t.

Extreme levels of regret is often a sign that your emotions are running the show in a certain area of your life. You don’t have good control over them, thus you are frequently acting in ways that let yourself down.

Your actions hurt yourself and others

When your emotions get the best of you, it can often end up hurting both yourself and others.

When people are a slave to their emotions they are rarely pleasant to be around – you never quite know what mood they will become engulfed in next (sadness, anger, jealousy, or fear) and you never quite know how they may react to those emotions while around you.

Often an emotional slave ends up acting in ways that spread their negative emotions to other like a virus. They walk into a room feeling gloomy and upset, and before you know it everyone else in the room is feeling the same way.

You ruminate at night and can’t sleep

Another sign that you’re a slave to your emotions is if you spend a lot of time at night thinking excessively and not being able to get much sleep.

Staying up at night ruminating is often a byproduct of regret. It could be about how we expressed a particular emotion in a particular situation, or even how we didn’t express a particular emotion in a particular situation.

The other side of being an emotional slave is not knowing how to express yourself at all and just suppressing your emotions.

You keep repeating the cycle

Everything described above happens to everyone to some degree. No one is perfect and we all have moments when our emotions bring out the worst in us.

Mastering your emotions doesn’t necessarily mean you never slip up, but it does mean that you learn from those mistakes and you don’t keep repeating the same cycle over and over again.

When you start making active changes in improving how you responds to your emotions however, those outbursts tend to become less frequent and less intense.

 

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