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    if someone has no emotion or feeling or reaction toward a stimulus or an action. Does that count as a response? Is having no emotion toward someyhing normal or do we all MUST have an emotional response towards things?For instance if someone givea me a new car and i didnt feel anything. Does that mean i want the car or dont want the car subconciously?


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    Can an emotion overtide a person's ability to do or dont do something and lead him to do something he might want or might not want to do?


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    You're suggesting that the uncaring is an emotion?
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    Is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    Can an emotion overtide a person's ability to do or dont do something and lead him to do something he might want or might not want to do?
    yes emotions can cause reflexive actions. If something moves at highspeed toward your face. you have a fear response that will cause you to reflexively dodge the object. Even if you know its going to hit you and you want to allow it to, you will not be able to relax and have no physical reaction to it. Even if you manage to resist the urge to dodge you will likely still close your eyes tightly and tighten up your skin on the face, cringing.

    And it is almost impossible to hold in laughter and/or smiling when you are feeling intense joy. Imagine someone tickling you and trying not to laugh. it is nearly impossible and takes a conscious effort to learn how to turn off the areas of your brain that react to the tickling.

    My sister used to tickle me til I wet myself when I was little because she knew I would get punished for peeing in my pants. My fear of punishment provided the motivation necessary to learn how to perceive tickling differently. I disconnect my conscious mind from my perception of self so that I have no reaction to the tickle at all. I use this technique any time I have to do something that conflicts with what I know my natural emotional reaction would be. Like slaughtering an animal for food. I love animals and tend to anthropomorphize them. Taking their lives is horrifying to me. But I must eat. So I disconnect my emotions before doing what I have to do, on the rare occasion that I must kill my own meal. I guess you can say it is the same thing a sociopath does before they cause harm. They rationalize what they intend to do as being ethical then disconnect their emotions.

    I got the most practice at doing this while married to a sociopath. I had to become like him in order to escape from him. Sadly, now I don't know how to reverse what I have learned. Luckily my current husband is aware of what I have been through and he reminds me how to feel from time to time so that I can understand if something is perceived by others to be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    Is it?
    I wouldn't say it is an emotion. I would say it is more evidence of how the brain is processing, organizing and storing data.

    Say you are walking down a sidewalk and you observe other pedestrians walking along minding their own business. You wouldn't likely have an emotional response to that either. Mainly because none of those people are important to you, nor are they posing any threat, or warning of a threat from something else.

    You would not be emotional in observing the outside of a bank conducting normal business, but you would have an emotional response to observing a bank that is sounding its alarm, and has smoke coming from its windows. Your sense of self preservation would perceive the latter situation to be one that presents a risk of danger to you. So you emotion of fear would kick in. You would get away from the bank quickly.

    If you perceive a situation that is unusual, and therefore a potential threat, your senses will heighten and curiosity will take over allowing you to block fear long enough to assess the situation more accurately to determine if the unusual situation is indeed a threat. Once you know one way or the other, fear, anger, or contentment will kick in.

    Understanding what your emotions are and what triggers them helps one to be able to control them. Sometimes too much control can make a person seem inhuman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    You would not be emotional in observing the outside of a bank conducting normal business,
    Given the perilous state of the global economy and the reason it is in that condition surely means that not getting emotional when one sees a bank conducting 'normal business' is grounds for an insanity hearing.
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    generally
    flat emotional affect (sometimes known as a fugue state)
    is the mind's way of internally sorting out previous stimuli
    and may involve amnesia of the triggering stimuli, and much of what happened during the state.
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    it can come from depression or schizophrenia

    if the affect is for all stimuli, then you might best be advised to avoid dangerous situations
    (like banking or investing )
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    if someone has no emotion or feeling or reaction toward a stimulus or an action. Does that count as a response?
    It is hard to tell or judge without interviewing the individual, and knowing more about him/her and the stimulus involved. There are a number of factors to take into consideration; such as your/our expectations of this individual's response and/or emotional response, his/her ability to subdue his/her range of expected emotional reaction in the presence of others, or his/her advance awareness of the stimulus. The list can go on and on.

    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    Is having no emotion toward someyhing normal or do we all MUST have an emotional response towards things?
    It's hard to give an answer without knowing what you meant by "normal" and "things". Can you be more specific?

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    For instance if someone givea me a new car and i didnt feel anything. Does that mean i want the car or dont want the car subconciously?
    Only the individual who had received the new car would know the answer to that. "Reading someone" usually requires more details than that, and it is usually best when the reader has some contact with the readee. Anything else would usually be beyond our capabilities, and will likely be more prone to errors by way of sampling bias.

    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    Can an emotion overtide a person's ability to do or dont do something and lead him to do something he might want or might not want to do?
    Can you rephrase that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabdoun View Post
    Can an emotion overtide a person's ability to do or dont do something and lead him to do something he might want or might not want to do?
    Freud referred to this as the "Id" in his developmental models. The Id was all of human behavior, cognition, and affect that was selfish, pleasure seeking, and ignorant/uncaring of consequences. Frankly, if you observe a man who has lost everything and everyone, whose health is in shackles and his economy in shambles, inject heroin to serve his pleasure impulses, despite the obvious destruction; I would say certain emotions can influence conscious behavior in ways that cater to the presence of a specific urge.

    Look up anhedonia, the clinical reluctance to feel pleasure despite the emotional stimuli. It's very serious stuff.
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