A Scientific Validation Of Your Emotions

Emotional Synonym

exciting, poignant, affecting, impassioned, sensitive, heated, hysterical, passionate, moving, nervous, spontaneous, touching, sentimental

I have read many definitions of emotions while studying human behaviour and as you can see when researching “emotional synonym” many words can be used to describe the same thing.  The scientific discourse on the subject has drifted to many meanings and there appears to be no clear consensus on a definition.

In this article I am going to weigh in on the subject of emotions by sharing the teachings of my former teacher Dr. John Demartini who draws his concepts from Universal Laws and principles.

Universal Law

Universe Laws state that there exists a divine design, a magnificent balance , a perfect underlying order that exists even at times of apparent disorder.  So let me try to explain what all this has to do with the nature of human emotions in the context of these laws.

Freeman Dyson, a renowned theoretical physicist was able to demonstrate that “our thoughts and emotions are nothing more than a cloud of charged particles of light energy,” thereby taking principles of the physical world and applying them to the metaphysical world, or the nature of the mind.

This gave scientific validation and a clearer understanding of our emotions from a universal perspective.

Universal Law Of Symmetry

The first principle that can be applied to our emotions is the Universal Law of Symmetry.  Newtonian physics states that there is not a positive without a negative, or negative without a positive, creating a perfect balance in our existence.

This speaks to the dualities that exist in our physical world and in our personal lives and in particular our emotions.  For example for every attraction there is repulsion, for every elation, a depression.  You cannot have joy without sorrow, happiness without sadness, pain without pleasure, or infatuation without resentment.

Emotional Synonym: What Does The Word ‘Emotion’ Really Mean?

As mortal beings we try to defy this Law of Symmetry.  In our illusionary world of instant gratification we seek pleasure, avoid pain and honour only our one sided nature.  Despite our illusions, our lesson is that this divine order prevails.

If we wordsmith or break down the word EMOTION, it playfully means to EMOTE (give off) IONS (positive or negative charges).  When we see more positives than negatives or more negatives than positives in our perception of any person, circumstance, situation or thing, we will have either a positive or a negative emotion.

The greater the charge the greater the emotion and stress has often been defined as lopsided emotions.  Extreme emotions takes us away from our true nature and we lower our self worth.

We tend to gravitate towards a false persona, acting either self righteous when we see more positives, or acting self deprecating when we perceive more negatives.  Our true nature is neither.

Perception Of The Mind

Perfectly balanced perception of mind is the highest form of self worth.  When we are emotionally centered , balanced, humble, and open hearted, we will naturally start to attract people, places, circumstances and events into our lives to help fulfill our destiny.

Another way to express this concept is through the Universal Law of Simple Harmonic Motion.  It states that your thoughts and feelings are unsteadied by extreme emotions and you will oscillate like a pendulum.

Note:  Looking for another emotional synonym?  Look here for another word for emotional

Emotional Duality

When your emotions are extreme you will need to steady them by minimizing the pendulous swings.  The pendulum swings between your emotional dualities of likes/dislikes, joys/sorrows, happy/sad, etc.  The pendulum will oscillate unless you are centered by balancing your perceptions of mind between these dualities.

Your thoughts and feelings are often unsteadied by ingratitude and uncertainty, living with memories of the past or seeing the future through the lens of the past, Sometimes this is referred to as our future imagined fears or our past remembered guilt’s.  Click here for a great read about Gratitude – An Attitude For Success!

Extreme emotional swings may spell a bipolar nature.  If you allow yourself extreme constant elation, you invite depression.  While a slower, smaller in amplitude, pendulous swing will minimize our emotional charges and with it, bring about order and certainty of mind.

To summarize, when your thoughts become unsteadied, you will go through these periodic emotional cycles and only by acknowledging the balance of your emotions can you express your true nature and your highest self worth.

This is a departure from traditional understanding of emotions, but certainly an interesting perspective most worthy of consideration.

Unraveling Emotional Cravings

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Anxiety. Self-doubt. Sadness. Loneliness. Frustration. Boredom.

These emotions are can be quite uncomfortable. When they make an appearance it is a natural inclination to push them away- with food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, excessive exercise. I’ve done it all, but for many years my most reliable self-medicating drug of choice was sugar. With that sublime hit of dopamine, sugar temporarily softened the edge of anxiety and self-doubt. The problem was that the post sugar-fix trough was even more unbearable than the initial uncomfortable emotion.

I gave up sugar a year ago; as a result I needed a new strategy to deal with my emotional cravings. Here are a few tips based on my experience (I believe the same strategies can be utilized to deal with emotional cravings for drugs, alcohol, shopping, etc.):

Address cravings directly by asking questions:

Am I craving this because I am hungry? If not, what is going on? Am I looking for a hit of dopamine?

• Am I hoping to numb an unpleasant feeling by eating this item? If so, can I sit with this feeling for a bit?

• Where is this feeling stemming from? Is the feeling irrational?

• Is there something else I can do to address this feeling?

Make a list of things you love to do. When you recognize an emotional craving commit to trying one (or more) of these activities. For example:

take a walk
• listen to a podcast
• cuddle with a partner/pet
• call a friend
• do yoga
• paint/draw/journal
• listen to a favorite song
• read a book or a magazine

Understand that freedom from emotional cravings is a process.

Don’t sink into self-loathing if you have a bit of a backslide. Forgive yourself and move on. You can choose to learn from the experience and be better equipped to deal with the next emotional craving.

The ability to understand the process is transformative. I am NOT cured of emotional eating. Just the other day I was experiencing a mental block while working on a big project and frustration was creeping in. I could feel the frustration transitioning to anxiety and suddenly I was daydreaming about almond butter. I could clearly envision sliding open the silverware drawer, grabbing a spoon, opening the fridge and reaching for the jar. How enjoyable a fat scoop of almond butter would be! But because I’ve been practicing, I was able to pull back and became an observer of my thoughts. It was interesting that the uncomfortable feelings led to the almond butter jar. I asked myself a few questions: Was I hungry? Nope. Was I experiencing an emotional craving? Yep.  

I turned to my tried and true anxiety remedy: I went outside. I took a hike in the woods. I stopped to notice the new buds forming on the plants and trees, to appreciate the bright green ferns poking out of the layer of decayed fall leaves. I watched the birds and listened to them calling to one another. The walk was refreshing and renewed a deep sense of appreciation in my soul. But when I returned and tried to sit once again with my project the frustration came rushing back. I clearly wasn’t done with my mental break yet.

So I played one of my favorite inspirational podcasts and cleaned out a cupboard. And you know what? The podcast happened to be about the very issue with which I was seeking guidance! I gratefully received the inspiration I had been craving, I felt accomplished about my tidy cabinet, and I had subsequent success with my project. All without almond butter!

If you are dealing with emotional cravings, they can feel impossible to resolve. Know that you have all the tools you need to start the unraveling process: awareness, a plan, and self-compassion!


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Katie HarrisonKatie Harrison

I am a teacher, a Primal Health Coach, and a resident of a tiny Alaskan town. My husband and I live in a 384 square foot wood-heated cabin without running water. We love to play outside, catch fish, and forage for wild plants.

You can find me on my website, Awaken Your Glow, and Instagram.