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  1. #1 Strange bodily experience. 
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    Uhm sooo...

    I wrote a very, very emotional E-mail. (Family conflict kinda thing)

    While writing it and for almost one hour after I experienced a really weird thing.

    1) Hands shaking more and more.
    2) Feeling slightly warmer
    3) Increased heartrate
    4) Like... REALLY increased heartrate

    I know its this conflict - and thinking about it. Because when I wrote a reply, again very emotional and conflict based - I experienced an EXACT same experience.

    My first guess would be... Adrenaline. But REALLY?

    If I almost got hit by a car or someone robbed me with a knife (They both have happened to me once) Id feel completely emotionally untouched, almost apathetic. Type "If you die you die, that shit happens" and moved on - no increased heartbeat or anything. But I dunno, this feels like adrenaline the way Im reading it. after having replied to the second mail it felt strange in my gut, hands shaking, heart beating superfast.

    Suggestions to what it could be? Could a life threathening situation NOT trigger adrenaline while writing a really emotional E-mail could?


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    yes
    when you are emotionally involved
    your body gets a tad confused


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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    yes
    when you are emotionally involved
    your body gets a tad confused
    Thanks Sculptor, thats probably it then.

    Just puzzled that in most physical confrontations it doesent trigger, but in an emotional one it does. I thought adrenaline was supposed to trigger more for physical threat situations than emotional ones as it is supposed to be linked to survival? Maybe Im more concerned about social survival than actually staying alive. That just seems wrong!
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    It may not be adrenaline. Cortisol is the big driver for stress. Cortisol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    It is well recognised that the main cause of stress is conflict with other people. Most of us have had situations where a person in authority over us has done something mean and unfair, and we end up shaking with stress and anger. Similarly, conflict with those we love can do the same. Symptoms can be quite strong.
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    Emotional conflict can be more debilitating because the duration of it can be much longer than many physical conflicts where we may engage our fight or flight reflex and resolve the crisis in seconds, minutes or hours. In many emotional conflict situations, the stress may last over hours, days, weeks or even onto months and years.

    In a majority of cases, we are usually able to escape a situation of physical stress whereas the challenge of emotional stress is that we are frequently unable to escape from an unruly mind. The brain has a tendency to revisit painful memories and play out every conceivable negative future outcome that has ever befallen our species and so we feel trapped, a victim of the human condition.

    Emotional breakdown is becoming more common in recent years, or at least it appears so by the number of individuals known to me who have required psychological or medical intervention.
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    I had 2 experiences. One, my life was in danger, and I was very calm about the whole thing and not jittery (although I did get jittery later when retelling the story to someone). Second experience, I was writing an emotional letter, just as you describe. I thought I was going to have a damn heart attack, I was so full of adrenaline and/or cortisol. The feeling was exactly the same as the time I shared my life-in-danger story, so I assume they were the same hormones being released in both cases.

    The general idea is that because we have become creatures of symbolism (language, math, and other abstractions that make up our lives) then symbolic things can affect us just as strongly as physical danger. Danger to our psyche will get us pumped up just like danger to our body. This also goes a long way to explaining why there are so many damned wars at any given time. People can feel threatened by the imaginary just like the tangible.
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