Emotions Lost in Translation


I think our emotional system has many levels. Each level may have a different method to organize/code and “read” the emotional content of the informational content of the emotion.

I think that our emotions are some of our most complex forms of intelligence. I think that our emotions are the result from multi-intelligence system assessments. Our emotions are the way our multiple-intelligent systems communicate with the entire web of the individual human system.

Unfortunately for our wise emotions, when they surface they have to make their way through limited, man-defined coding systems (e.g. culturally-specific logic models, language, personal thought models, belief networks, etc)

So, this may be how our emotions, in a way get lost in translation or loose their value as they surface.

I have been proposing multispective analysis and the recognition of multiple thought models. My hope is that this may also be a possible way to re-gain the emotional literacy skills that we do posses but through the dumbing down of man-designed systems we have have forgotten.

This is one mental model. There is an infinite number of them. The more we recognize the more we can use to think through possibilities.


2 thoughts on “Emotions Lost in Translation

  1. I’m not sure I understand why the value of the information is “lost” by the man-designed interpretive systems. Are you saying our lives would be richer if we experienced the full-power of our emotions, if for example, we allowed our rage to be more outrageous? Does not the human-interpretive systems allow us to channel our emotions in more beneficial ways, thereby allowing us to live fuller and richer lives than was previously possible? Does not the rage channeled into artistic expression become more powerful than the rage channeled through wanton destruction?

    I think you may be onto something with the concept of an emotional system of intelligence, but I don’t think you need to color it with the moral judgements that necessarily accompany a language of loss.

  2. I like that, “a language of loss” – very poetic. I don’t know if fully understanding our inner communication system would lead to more intense emotions. But I don’t think that understanding the original communication necessarily has to override our “cognitive filters”, moral filters etc. I also don’t think that our original emotional message is not “outrageous” our of control or any other (negative?) adjectives we usually associate with emotions. I believe emotions are highly intelligent. We tend to misunderstand them and misinterpret them.

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