SOC344 2018 Tut2 – Batemans Bay

We have long conceived of a separation between mind and body in western society, with supremacy of mind over body. This basic idea that reason should dominate is captured in the classic statement by Descartes ‘cogito ergo sum’, ‘I think, therefore I am’. However, if your thoughts are affected by your bodily feelings, or even your perceptions of how the society around you sees you, then what are you? What are your thoughts? Are they really separate from your body and your feelings? And do we have a better understanding of the relationship between reason and emotion as a society today? Compare Disney’s take on the role of emotions in human action in 1943 and in 2015 (and note that the producers of the 2015 ‘Inside Out’ film considered including ‘logic’ as an emotion, but later decided to drop it). Which of these depictions makes more sense to you?

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Michelle Claude said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Emotions are experiences from the structures of feelings, as understood by Michael Foucault. This allows you the choose of reflection, to determine your future emotional responses. Raymond Williams, Alison Jaggar and Michael Foucault discuss the importance of the analysing framework of the critical review of concepts. (Harding and Pribam, 2004, p. 409) This provides you the choice to think back and analyse your experiences in order to develop enhanced emotional responses which will further deflect your actions. Therefore the concept of ‘cogito ergo sum’, is relevant. As society has grown and developed so has our emotional reactions in relation to society and our desired outcomes. Our social web is more entwined and as a result a greater understanding of our relationships within society. From this, greater analysis of our emotional responses is also required, therefore today we do have a better understanding of our emotions in society. Disney historically depleted emotions in his films as either the glue which either held society together, or the turbulence felt within society that stemmed from undesirable emotional responses. This concept agrees with Emile Durkenheim writings on social solidarity (Scheve and Luede, 2005, p. 303), being that cultural moral within society deflects what is and is not acceptable in relations to emotional responses to social actions. Today's understanding of our relationship of emotion in society is an evolved concept. Although traditionally the conventional approach was best thought of to understand the negative impact of emotion in rational thought, today in our everchanging society and it's wide variety of relationships, it makes more sense to understand the relevance of all three approaches. The conventional approach holds truth, and can be triggered by highly emotional spikes within any social relationship. The critical approach is relevant to understand how bust to conduct ourselves within society and the radical approach allows us to understand our overdeveloped socially changed emotions and how we are able to maintain ourselves within our patterns of relationships in society today.

Ali Minogue said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Mind and body or reason and emotions, are often described as two separate bodily functions, but in reality, they work together in our everyday life. The general consensus over the past fifty years on the perspectives and approaches towards the mind and body have changed. As stated by Barbalet (1998), there are three ideas in understanding this duality and difference between rationality and emotion. The first being the Conventional approach, in that they are opposed. And this is where the well-known statement I think therefore I am. That without thoughts therefore I am nothing comes from. The idea is that emotions are disturbances in your everyday life. That the mind was seen to be superior and emotions would interfere when making rational decision-making processes. There is a tension between supposedly rational and irrational behaviour in this approach, where emotions are seen are bad/weak/inferior and those who display rational thinking seen as good/superior. While there has been a move away from this idea I believe there are times in our lives where it easier to act on our emotions and put reason aside and you are certainly not weak for displaying these emotions, it is just how you feel at that point in time, but there are also times where you must act with reason. The second is the Critical approach, where the mind and body can sometimes complement each other and they can work together. Emotions and feelings appear to be motivating your actions. The emotions we feel are not without reason. The emotions are telling our bodies something. The question asked in the lecture was: are rational thinking processes far too slow and time consuming to assist with our feelings? Using the example of grocery shopping and checking and reading the labels. This can be time consuming but it is something I do, and other times I just could not be bothered. And the third approach is the radical approach, where the mind and body are on a continuous spectrum, where rational action is sort of like an emotion in-self. In the lecture the question was asked “Is it rational to be calm?” I personally tend to feel that it depends on my internal state at that point in time. It is all highly subject. And it comes down to how I am feeling. When I thought of this question, I think of asking my children to pick up their dirty clothes and put them in the washing basket. I ask them to do this everyday I ask in a calm tone, 365 days a year…. some would ask is it rational to be calm, when you ask the same question everyday… thoughts? #Bbay #S344UOW18

Rebecca Reisima said : Guest Report 6 months ago

We, as human beings do not simply function off of two entities, reason and emotion, rather as Disney’s Inside Out depicts, we have a range of emotions that function together to form a cohesive set. Our emotions rely on our circumstances, such as Simone Schnall said in her TED talk, a slice of pizza is the most appealing when you haven’t eaten in a while, and in often cases there is more than one ‘standard’ emotion in play. For instance, during the Inside Out movie, ‘Joy’, one of the main characters and emotions, starts turning blue when sadness starts to affect her, this cleverly showed that emotions don’t stick to a norm, and that they can change. This is contrasted greatly by the 1943 emotion centric film, Reason and Emotion, which shows emotions as irrational and something to be pushed away to reason and logic. #S344UOW18#Tut2#BBay

Jacqui Wilson said : Guest Report 6 months ago

The interaction between mind and body is central to the research of Antonio Damasio. Damasio's reseach states that somatic markers are physical sensations or changes such as heart rate, muscle tone, and facial expressions felt in our bodies.These signals are then transmitted to our brain resulting in an emotion. Damasio's research also states when future reoccuring experiences arise, the memory is retriggered by the original experience or the somatic marker. This would explain our physical reaction to a certain situation and the ability to predict certain emotional outcomes for the future.I believe this ability could be used as an advantage in the development of a persons skill to perform under pressure, for example elite sports people. Building a strong mind and body and learning from past experiences as to how your mind and body may react in a situation would be invaluable in achieving maximum success.On the basis of Damasio's research and his somatic marker hypothesis I believe it would impossible to discard the link between body and mind or emotion and reason.#S344UOW18#Tut2#BBay

Jennifer Bellet said : Guest Report 6 months ago

In contrast to Weber's conventional approach, where emotions and rationality are seen as opposites, Dr Schnall depicts our thoughts as being directly affected by our feelings. If we take this view, the body, mind, emotions and rationality are interacting with each other. An example may be arriving home from work late, the body is tired but the emotions of love and caring, together with the rational mind, overcome this tiredness to cook dinner for the family. As a young child, our emotions would be over-riding this situation, feelings of tiredness and hunger taking over, rational thought not yet fully developed. Disney's stance on emotion and action in the film, 'Inside Out' reinforce this. Society is becoming more aware of the interplay between emotion, reason and our actions. Yoga and mindfulness are examples, as well as the employment recruitment process that for many positions includes emotional intelligence testing. Employers realise the rational mind and emotions are intertwined and affect work place performance. #S344UOW18#Tut2#BBay

Jennifer Bellet said : Guest Report 6 months ago

In contrast to Weber's conventional approach, where emotions and rationality are seen as opposites, Dr Schnall depicts our thoughts as being directly affected by our feelings. If we take this view, the body, mind, emotions and rationality are interacting with each other. An example may be arriving home from work late, the body is tired but the emotions of love and caring, together with the rational mind, overcome this tiredness to cook dinner for the family. As a young child, our emotions would be over-riding this situation, feelings of tiredness and hunger taking over, rational thought not yet fully developed. Disney's stance on emotion and action in the film, 'Inside Out' reinforce this. Society is becoming more aware of the interplay between emotion, reason and our actions. Yoga and mindfulness are examples, as well as the employment recruitment process that for many positions includes emotional intelligence testing. Employers realise the rational mind and emotions are intertwined and affect work place performance. #S344UOW18#Tut2#BBay

Jennifer Bellet said : Guest Report 6 months ago

In contrast to Weber's conventional approach, where emotions and rationality are seen as opposites, Dr Schnall depicts our thoughts as being directly affected by our feelings. If we take this view, the body, mind, emotions and rationality are interacting with each other. An example may be arriving home from work late, the body is tired but the emotions of love and caring, together with the rational mind, overcome this tiredness to cook dinner for the family. As a young child, our emotions would be over-riding this situation, feelings of tiredness and hunger taking over, rational thought not yet fully developed. Disney's stance on emotion and action in the film, 'Inside Out' reinforce this. Society is becoming more aware of the interplay between emotion, reason and our actions. Yoga and mindfulness are examples, as well as the employment recruitment process that for many positions includes emotional intelligence testing. Employers realise the rational mind and emotions are intertwined and affect work place performance. #S344UOW18#Tut2#BBay

Jennifer Bellet said : Guest Report 6 months ago

In contrast to Weber's conventional approach, where emotions and rationality are seen as opposites, Dr Schnall depicts our thoughts as being directly affected by our feelings. If we take this view, the body, mind, emotions and rationality are interacting with each other. An example may be arriving home from work late, the body is tired but the emotions of love and caring, together with the rational mind, overcome this tiredness to cook dinner for the family. As a young child, our emotions would be over-riding this situation, feelings of tiredness and hunger taking over, rational thought not yet fully developed. Disney's stance on emotion and action in the film, 'Inside Out' reinforce this. Society is becoming more aware of the interplay between emotion, reason and our actions. Yoga and mindfulness are examples, as well as the employment recruitment process that for many positions includes emotional intelligence testing. Employers realise the rational mind and emotions are intertwined and affect work place performance.

Katrina Manning said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Yoga and meditation are practices that have been introduced into mainstream culture over the last decade, highlighting that societies today have a better understanding of the link between body and mind, or emotions and reason. As depicted in the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, as children we are ruled by emotion, but with time and experience, human beings also develop reason, and our everyday thoughts become a combination of these; feelings, logic and experience. People need to be able to harness these critical components to thrive and survive in society today. Where logic may tell a person a situation is safe, intuitively or emotionally another instinct may provide that person with a “gut feeling” that ultimately saves their life. The strength of these human traits is in combination together. As seen in recent research, where children struggle to understand and express their emotions in a beneficial way, the practice of meditation and mindfulness in school has been shown to have a positive impact on student’s well-being, social interaction and academic skills. #S344UOW18 #Tut2 #Bbay

Katrina Manning said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Yoga and meditation are practices that have been introduced into mainstream culture over the last decade, highlighting that societies today have a better understanding of the link between body and mind, or emotions and reason. As depicted in the Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, as children we are ruled by emotion, but with time and experience, human beings also develop reason, and our everyday thoughts become a combination of these; feelings, logic and experience. Human’s need to be able to harness these critical components to thrive and survive in society today. Where logic may tell a person a situation is safe, intuitively or emotionally another instinct may provide that person with a “gut feeling” that ultimately saves their life. The strength of these human traits is in combination together. As seen in recent research, where children struggle to understand and express their emotions in a beneficial way, the practice of meditation and mindfulness in school has been shown to have a positive impact on student’s well-being, social interaction and academic skills. #S344UOW18 #Tut2 #Bbay

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