Summary : Your feelings are Out to Get You

As planned, this is a summary of the article, Your feelings are Out to Get You.

  • ‘thinking’ and ‘feeling’ are two entirely different things and it is important to take ‘extra effort’ to recognise the distinction, because the signs are not lucid to behold.
  • If left unchecked and worse, unrecognised – feelings can grow in influence and catastrophically impact the ability to think, give due consideration to facts and understand context.
  • The result is the same even if one is able to find a supportive peer group to fuel said feelings.
  • The provenance of giving importance to feelings is not an established finding, though it could be an unchecked or ignored characteristic from an early stage.
  • It is not that feelings do not matter. They do exist, and should be recognised to be irrelevant within the sphere of impact of ‘thought’.
  • A feeling has no impact whatsoever on anything, unless one chooses to act upon a feeling. Even so – since a feeling is not founded on a rational basis – the impact of the action fueled by a feeling is unlikely to produce the intended results.
  • Feelings propagate a false reality meant to bolster emotional comfort, but have the opposite impact. The reason is that inevitable and undeniable reality-checks demolish false constructs based on feelings. The more elaborate the construct – the bigger the impact.
  • Feelings have no bearing on the truth and significantly hinder a conducive mindset to learn new things or objectively evaluate a new situation. This could lead for example to selective thinking and absorption and rejecting a mentor1, and ultimately result in a significantly diminished quality of life.



I wrote about some similar threads in my notes based on the movie Whiplash.

3 responses on “Summary : Your feelings are Out to Get You”

  1. Hm, did you go through this at the end comparing/checking with the original article? There are at least a few places where your bullet points above have more to do with what you had in mind than what the article said – it seems to me that you might need perhaps to pay more attention precisely to what is new, different or in any way *not* as you expect it rather than looking for what/how it fits with what you already know/think similar. There is a time for fitting it in the big picture too but first you need to make sure you get the new part fully or at the very least unharmed.

    Do me a favour and make a one-paragraph summary of that article too, just add it here in the comments as a reply.

    1. I did check. However, on further review, I agree that there are a few areas which were interpreted and presented different from the original article. I will monitor this tendency as advised. Summary :

      Behavior and statements expressing the notion that ‘feelings’ matter as much as or more than ‘thoughts’ are becoming increasingly common. The root cause of said phenomenon could be that people are being taught inadequately about the nature of feelings, allowing them to ‘feel’ it is acceptable to ignore a fact driven thought process. A cooperative or separate reason could be that feelings are not sufficiently addressed by those responsible for educating children. Embracing the fact that feelings do not matter can be initially difficult, especially controlling the conditioned knee-jerk response to statements that ‘sound’ like personal insults. However, it is important to note that these feelings obscure the truth. A feeling has no impact, unless actions are based on them. Such actions are not guaranteed to produce the required impact, and are more likely to impact further ‘feelings’ rather than anything real. The problem with opting to construct a false reality based on feelings is that such constructs shatter in front of reality. A false reality supported by like-minded peer groups will fare no better in front of a reality check. While the false reality is constructed to generate emotional comfort and a sense of control – the actual impact is the opposite, and is proportional to the magnitude of the construct. Besides the fact that feelings have no impact on the truth – the most significant detrimental impact of being driven by feelings is the rejection of something new due to a perceived non-conformance with extant feelings (which do not matter). Doing so cripples the ability to learn from the finite resources available at the time. Such selective attention will inevitably result in a life that is significantly diminished in quality.

  2. The summary does a better job but it still reads like a very first pass of the text instead of the expression of knowledge gained (as in: extracted + owned now) from the text. Did you read mainly/mostly technical texts so far?

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