Ali Anani en Lifestyle, beBee in English, Social Media 17/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 4,3K

The Positive Side of Negative Emotions

The Positive Side of Negative Emotions

I wrote a presentation on separation thinking in which I discussed our tendency to ask this or that such as is it the egg or the chicken? I wondered why not this AND that. More relevant questions are available that reinforce this separation thinking such as do you want to be a leader or manager, when in fact we need a leader and a manager attributes together. This separation thinking goes against nature because opposites co-exist. Tall and short trees live together. We see closed and open flowers together. Flowery and thorny plants neighbor each other.

We have many examples in which the opposites have to work together if we wish to have a working system. Look at batteries and how they work. Batteries have three parts, an anode (negative), a cathode (positive), and the electrolyte. The cathode and anode are connected to an electrical circuit. The chemical reactions in the battery lead to an upsurge of electrons at the anode. The electrons repel each other and therefore seek to go to a place with fewer electrons- the cathode. This way we have an electric current. It is not the negative or the positive; it is both together.

The Positive Side of Negative Emotions

Similarly, an atom has a positive nucleus around which the lightweight electrons exist in a cloud orbiting the nucleus. We can't have atoms, which are the basic units of matter and the defining structure of elements, without having the positive nucleus and the negative electrons together.

Negative pressure has many positive applications. One outstanding example is how trees transport water from the roots of trees to their top leaves. For water to be sucked up there must be a pressure difference between the top and the bottom of the tree. It is this amazing negative pressure at the top that allows water to make its upward journey in a tree. The video below explains negative pressure amazingly well.

The Positive Side of Negative Emotions


Our emotions are not different. We say positive emotions and negative emotions. This classification of emotions raised some objections by great minds. In my last buzz on "Adaptations to Emotional Flooding", @Max Carter commented by writing " Psychologically speaking by saying some emotions are negative we will do anything we can to avoid them or someone experiencing them
A negative is a loss and the only loss that we truly experience is the loss of growth and learning when we ignore our emotions or other people because we use words such as Negative to describe the emotion and therefore the person".

I believe it is our attitude and thinking that leads to these concerns. It is our separation thinking that wants the positive without the negative. It is our perception that negatives are bad. Negative emotions stabilize positive one and the two together make this stability. It is only when we flood ourselves with one emotion excessively on the expense of the other that we run into problems. If we consider what I term "The Battery of Emotions", then the buildup of negative emotions on the anode that these excessive electron-like passions become self-repelling and seek places in our bodies in which there is more space for them. Moreover, like electrons in atoms, they are the orbiting and light weighted bodies and can move much more freely than the positive nucleus. Negative emotions are mobile and orbit our thinking and positive emotions are the heavy nucleus around which the negative emotions orbit.

The Positive Side of Negative Emotions

Negative emotions are an integral part of our existence. It is only when we allow them to flood that we experience their ill-effects. Positive emotions are not different. However; apparently negative emotions affect us more because of their orbiting our minds more freely than positive emotions.

I shall greatly appreciate your feedback on this buzz.



Ali Anani 22/11/2016 · #111

#110 Yes, and I have witesses some of my acquaintances go through the downward spiral. I agree with you @Franci Eugenia Hoffman

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 22/11/2016 · #110

Negative emotions are natural reactions that we need to cope with. Recognizing the cause of negative emotions can lead the way to deal with them appropriately. Ignoring them can eventually cause a downward spiral and even result in harm to others and ourselves.

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Ali Anani 21/11/2016 · #109

@Sara Jacobovici responded in a buzz to this buzz. What a great read Sara's buzz is. You may read it here:
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sara-jacobovici/developing-a-tolerance-to-negativity

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Ali Anani 20/11/2016 · #108

#107 I agree with you dear @Mohammed Sultan. Your comment is consistent with the quantum theory "When we consistently make certain assumptions about the bad things that may happen to us we trigger our negative emotions". When we focus only on negatives we develop the Observer Effect. Negative emotions help to stabilize positive emotions, but excessively reflecting on negative ones throw us out of balance.

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Mohammed Sultan 20/11/2016 · #107

Dear @ Ali Anani PhD.Thanks for sharing the output of your balanced emotion.When we consistently make certain assumptions about the bad things that may happen to us we trigger our negative emotions.Everything depends on how we view our external world.People with unbalanced emotion explain the bad things that happen to them in terms that are internal and stable.Thinking all the time of what went wrong is the moving sands of our emotions.It leads to giving up and prevent us from seizing opportunities because we think of punishment of failure(negative emotion) rather than the rewards for success(positive emotion).Fit and balance of our internal emotions should be done first before we align them with reason or with the external world.It also make sense to delay our decisions or meetings when we temporarily are flooded with negative emotion and become unable to balance them with reason.

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Lisa Gallagher 20/11/2016 · #106

#105 Thanks @Ali Anani, Sometimes I re-read what I write and I will second guess myself, wondering if I conveyed my message well. Im glad you are able to get a visual when reading! So kind of you to put up a link to my buzz here:))

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Ali Anani 20/11/2016 · #105

#104 You writing is packed with images dear @Lisa Gallagher. Having just read your beautiful buzz of today on "Relationships and Empathy", you proved to me that your words are poetic, rich in vividness, and draw images in my mind. You words are images and I wonder why you think it is hard for you to describe in words. For readers, I strongly recommend for you reading the buzz of Lisa. It shall be time well-invested and for you to know that my comment reflects reality:
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@lisa-gallagher/relationships-and-empathy#c11

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Lisa Gallagher 20/11/2016 · #104

#103 Thanks Ali, that's probably because I'm a fairly simple person LOL. Sometimes my mind has very deep thoughts but I have a hard time expressing them. It's as though I can see a picture in my mind but it's hard to describe in words.

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