More Than Just Hormones
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
Chapter 1 goes over the biology of emotions and explains the role of hormones—stress hormones as well as reproductive hormones, in generating and regulating emotions.
Thoughts are biochemical events that occur in the brain. Thoughts precede emotions and are under volitional control while emotions are not—meaning, you can choose your thoughts and your thoughts will lead to emotions, but you can’t just choose your emotions. You can’t just not feel something or feel something different. Emotions are very complex events that occur both in the body and in the brain. For example, when I get angry, muscle groups in my body become tense. But the signature that anger produces in my body will necessarily be both similar to, and different from, the signature anger produces in your body.
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