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  1. #1 Can we isolate a single emotion/feeling? 
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    Can we isolate a single emotion/feeling?
    I think we cant, as all/some of our emotions are in simultaneous action. our feelings are ambiguous.
    while i become happy i feel sad actually, or both at same time. so it is difficult to decide wether i am happy or sad. which creates anger. it become a big emotional mess at that moment. have you ever felt in this way?
    List of emotions - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Are we talking psychologically or biologically?

    Surely, we could isolate the parts of the complex neurochemical process that defines a specific feeling. It would likely have more widespread effects than simply acting upon a single feeling, though. If you impact "happiness" on a chemical level, you will impact other emotions which utilize the same neurotransmitters.


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    considering that emotions are always in flux, how do you intend to measure that fleeting moment ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Are we talking psychologically or biologically?

    Surely, we could isolate the parts of the complex neurochemical process that defines a specific feeling. It would likely have more widespread effects than simply acting upon a single feeling, though. If you impact "happiness" on a chemical level, you will impact other emotions which utilize the same neurotransmitters.
    biologically, o course.
    though, u gave good explanation. thanx
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
    considering that emotions are always in flux, how do you intend to measure that fleeting moment ?
    Sir, you think on this.
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    I can, I have. Meditation on nothing is impossible. It's an act of shifting the focus so fast it feels like nothing. Meditation on a single thing is the act of focusing on a single sense, feeling, thought, or emotion, with no shifting about. Try meditating (focusing) on (only) the feeling of the pressure at the ridge of your nose. It gets really intense. Very weird. Do it for too long, and your brain has a rather primordial (is that the right word?) fear response. Ignore that fear response, and you may just find yourself at infinity. The brain doesn't like infinity...
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    As one gets older one gets better control over their emotions. Some people learn faster than others however so it does take understanding of yourself and how to deal with your own emotions. As was suggested meditation is one way to do so. Many never do control themselves and they will be in a problem with themselves and should seek professional care .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir ir r aj View Post
    Can we isolate a single emotion/feeling?
    I would suggest that there are rare, isolated occasions in the life of many of us where we may be completely 'in the moment' of whatever is transpiring, so much so that for a brief interval, we ARE the emotion we are experiencing. This may not be the case for everyone, and language is very limited in sharing with others for unless they have had a similar experience, they will not comprehend you.

    Music and art are some of the ways by which we attempt to isolate and share these experiences, in my opinion.

    Emotions are subjective (right brain) while examining them is objective (left brain) so by the very effort of examining an emotion, we cannot help but change it.
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