Have you ever noticed that when you are “possessed” by a particular emotion, your mind reminds you of past situations when you had that same emotion?
Our emotions rule and rock our world. They are so powerful that they can control the way we think in those moments. That’s exactly way it is said that we shouldn’t take important decisions when we’re upset or very happy. Not even when we’re hungry. When we’re under the control of an emotion, our amygdala controls our mind, therefore, the emotion controls our mind. It’s like a filter and everything we think is influenced by it.
The thing is that the emotion itself is so powerful that it triggers past memories of that emotion. That’s why when you’re sad you remember all the sad sh*t you’ve encountered in the past and that’s also why it is so hard to act against an emotion. Our mind is bombarded with things that can keep or even intensify the existing emotion. The sh*t gets sh*ttier.
In my experience, the best way to deal with this is to remember yourself it’s just a “phase” and that you’ll find a way to get through it, along with trying to find some solutions to that problem. The alternative is to sink… deep… very deep… This is actually how depression works. It starts with a current state and the mind spirals down the road of sh*ttiness with no apparently way out. In a world full of triggers, you’re your only hope. Grab the control before it grabs you.
How often does this happen to you and how do you get out of it?