LAWS
OF
EMOTION


'Laws of the Heart'




UNIVERSAL LAWS:  THE LAWS OF EMOTION
PERSONALITY FUNCTION:  The Emotions
PERSONALITY CYCLE:  The Cycle Emotion
ELEMENT:  Water


These are the Laws that govern Emotion. They state the rules that apply to the feelings of the heart.


THE LAW OF SITUATIONAL MEANING

Emotions derive from situations and certain situations elicit a certain type of emotion. For example, the loss of something makes us grieve, gaining something makes us feel happy and if we perceive an injustice it makes us feel angry.

THE LAW OF CONCERN

We have to have feelings and care about something before it will elicit an emotional response. If we are unconcerned or just do not care, then we will not feel anything.

THE LAW OF APPARENT REALITY

Whatever seems real to us can elicit an emotional response. If we do not believe in something and it does not seem real, then it will not emotionally affect us.

THE LAW OF CHANGE, HABITUATION AND COMPARATIVE FEELING

We respond to change in a number of ways. In life we tend to get used to our circumstances so we try to compare what is happening to us now, to what we are used to or to what we believe should be right. Change is inevitable and people fear what may happen. They may be uncertain what to expect and wish they were back in a time when life seemed a better place.

THE LAW OF HEDONIC SYMMETRY

There are certain negative events and situations that happen in life which are so awful that we never become used to them. Thinking about them will always elicit a strong emotional feeling. On the other hand, positive events and emotions will fade over time and their feeling will diminish.

THE LAW OF CONSERVATION  OF EMOTIONAL MOMENTUM

Time does not heal all wounds, past events can retain their emotional hold over us and affect us throughout our lifetime. A traumatic event or heartbreak in early life may have been forgotten, but we still feel the emotion. The emotion and the event have to be relived and re-evaluated to change the emotion or release it.

THE LAW OF CLOSURE

The way we respond to our emotions tends to be absolute. A burst of emotion elicits a set response and sends us down a certain path of action, until another emotion appears to send us off on a different course.

LAW OF CARE FOR CONSEQUENCES

People naturally consider the consequences of their emotional reactions and modify their responses accordingly.

THE LAW OF LIGHTEST LOAD

People are particularly motivated to use re-interpretation of events and situations to reduce negative emotions and feelings.

THE LAW OF GREATEST GAIN

People also re-interpret situations for a positive emotional gain. For example, a burst of anger can be used to make people back down, grieving attracts help and sympathy and a feeling of fear may stop us acting rashly and keep us safe.