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– First Student ( Alnowesser )
The main point that the emotional podcast teach is how emotions are built within a person and how one can control them. What struck me in the podcast about emotions is the fact that what one thing or react to a situation is all based on a concept that one starts to learn since their childhood and the fact that one can control their emotions by changing of the concepts. The other thing that struck me is how lack of knowledge of the capabilities of emotions can help one overcome a particular event or face the danger of suffering from severe stress or the Post Traumatic Stress. In the podcast, the case of Tommy and Amanda clearly explains the power of concepts and emotions in the body. Finally, what struck me is how the internal system called interoception which acts as an eye in the body, and it is responsible for sending any reaction to the brain. The fact that without interceptions, it will be hard to build concepts that allows one to feel anger, pain, joy or happiness and one is as good as a dead person is intriguing.
Some of the ideas of the relationship between emotions and trauma were controversial. The fact that Tommy was taught how to control emotions and Amanda was taught how to express them, and when it comes to a traumatic event, Tommy is the victim is absurd. Specifically, the ideas that Tommy PTSD might have been triggered based on his belief and concept of about the world rather than the event is surprising. However, the logic that at times one reactions or emotions triggers them to do something they later learn they would not have done or reacted the way they did makes a lot of sense. Invisibilia says that the belief of how people think emotions work is the opposite of how it works and is entirely correct when one gives a reflection to the general world. The fact that Amanda lost her daughter, but it was Tommy who was affected most might be absurd but explaining how the concepts affect how the brain works even though it is ridiculous it somehow makes a lot of sense. It helps explains why in some incidences police makes mistakes of shooting innocent people based on their color or race. The fact that concepts are had to change so as one can control their emotions clearly explains it all. The way people are brought up to believe that they have a powerful influence on how they choose to react to different situations even without them knowing.
However, even though the fact that emotions are influenced by the concepts in our body that we learn from the world, just like Lisa says one should be able to control their emotions no matter how hard the situation turns out. A person is responsible for their actions like Tommy did, but that does not mean that since it is their action, they should feel guilty or sorry about the situation. It should not be hard to control emotions as the Podcast says. Since people concepts are built from the world perspective, I think they should learn to relate their situations to other things in the society before making conclusions or portraying a particular behavior.
Like in the case of Tommy, he was not the first person to be involved in an accident because other situations are worse people killing more than one person and the responsible person was a man. In another case, where a police officer thinks a black man is a danger than before pulling the trigger, they should reflect on the many incidences where police officers have made the same mistakes and the fact that not all black people are criminals and dangerous. Therefore, I think concepts can easily be changed, and a person can control their behavior based on the world experience in relation the same situations in different times rather than seeing an event in a single person perspective.
– Second student ( Alshahrani )
- What struck you about the contents of this podcast?
I listened to the podcast and what surprised me is that emotions are things beyond us –we have no control over them because they are inbuilt. I mean the trigger for emotions is inbuilt. However, how we respond to the emotions is another thing altogether and that can vary from individual to individual.
- Some of the ideas about emotions and the way trauma impacts the brain might be controversial. How did you react to these ideas?
Well, I have come across different ideas about emotions. For instance, there are those who feel that emotions should not be expressed rather one need to keep them to themselves. The idea that informs this point of view is that emotions can be controlled. On the other hand, there are those who feel that emotions cannot be controlled and just happen to us and that we need not worry about them. I have a different set of an idea about motions and it lies in-between the two ideas. I believe there has to be an external trigger to emotions. However, this does not mean that we should lose control of the emotions. We should be able to control them. Once kept for a long time, emotions can indeed affect our brain. For instance, keeping grief within us can stress and traumatize us. For me, the real impact of emotions depending on how we handle them
- How would you challenge them or how might you be intrigued to explore more?
Given that emotions are not static feelings and most people feel them differently there is a possibility that there are people with high emotion accommodation capacity. This might trigger me to research the extent to which people are influenced by emotions to behave the way they behave.
– Third Student ( Noor )
- What struck you about the contents of this podcast?
One thing that struck me in the podcast is how Amanda and Tommy were unable to express their emotion in their childhood. I think this can differ from one culture to another and maybe from one family to another. Usually, if your parents thought that you should hide your emotions and this way you are controlling your emotions, this will continue with you when you grow up and this is the same that happened with Amanda and Tommy. In our culture, for example, the man usually hide their emotion and they are careful about when they express their emotions and for who.
2. Some of the ideas about emotions and the way trauma impacts the brain might be controversial. How did you react to these ideas?
I have always believed that different people experience different emotions based on what they go through or the environment they are in. To think even for a second that emotions were universally built into the brain at birth is confusing. Just like Hannah in the podcast, I believed that emotions are triggered by experiences people have and no one can control them or decide what to feel at any given point. This according to the psychologist in the podcast seemed wrong since she states that everyone can have control over what they feel. Come to think of it, it is obvious that people cannot choose how to react to the things around them. The body is evolutionarily wired to react to every situation. This explains why people react in the same way to similar situations, for instance crying when they lose someone close to them. The understanding of where the emotions come from is the basis of learning and understanding emotions. The fact that people actually share emotions is relieving since no one has to feel bad or guilty about their emotions.
3. How would you challenge them or how might you be intrigued to explore more?
From the podcast, I have realized that I did not understand how emotions come by and what controls them really good. I have also gained more interest in how people respond to different situations and would like to get a deeper understanding of the topic. To learn more about these facts, I intend to study closely how different people react to different situations that they encounter in day to day life. Doing this will require that I stay close to different people as they go by their daily activities. Also, having more experience in the emergency field will help me to get a deeper understanding.