2 crucial bits of information – you don’t have to read or understand the whole book. Steve’s idea of an emotion might be different from your’s – see the Wikipedia extracts below.
So he is not saying disregard your humanity but is talking, I think, more about “reactions” and actions we might do without knowing why.
“The book is written around a model that I have developed called Chimp Management, which has helped many people understand themselves and learn how to work with their emotions.
Some parts of the book will resonate with you more strongly than others. Select those parts that are relevant to you and work with them.
In my work as a psychiatrist and lecturer, people typically present me with comments or questions that are usually centred on problems that they don’t understand or can’t solve.”
Introduction Page 1 The Chimp Paradox – Dr Steve Peters
So don’t get hung up on the model – just try to get a feel for the “system” as a manual to fine tune your behaviour – athletic performance – relationships etc. Could be you are 100% happy with all of those – then pass the book onto someone that can benefit!
In Chimp VII I will touch on the “Psychological Mind” model Chapter One – a few pages – 6 elements in total including the Chimp him or herself and the much more complicated “Psychological Universe” – at least 18 elements not including the 6 Psychological Mind elements. If you counted the asteroids in the Asteroid Belt individually it could be infinite!
It occupies 16 chapters – in fact every chapter except Chapter 1 and 6 which are devoted to mind and personality!
Anyway from my point of view the “Mind” model works without having to understand the whole of much more involved universe model. This adds context. It depends if you are a person who likes to ask why? and what about? or if you are happy with a quarter page diagram and a summary!
- Feelings are best understood as a subjective representation of emotions, private to the individual experiencing them.
- Moods are diffuse affective states that generally last for much longer durations than emotions and are also usually less intense than emotions.
The word “emotion” dates back to 1579, when it was adapted from the French word émouvoir, which means “to stir up”. However, the earliest precursors of the word likely dates back to the very origins of language.
Emotions have been described as discrete and consistent responses to internal or external events which have a particular significance for the organism. Emotions are brief in duration and consist of a coordinated set of responses, which may include verbal, physiological, behavioural, and neural mechanisms. Emotions have also been described as biologically given and a result of evolution because they provided good solutions to ancient and recurring problems that faced our ancestors.
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I have posted this on the main blog home page – to avoid the Chimp taking over the whole blog click here to see all the Chimp posts – he has no prospect of slowing down – The Journey – will continue once he gets tired!