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VISCERAL RESPONSE - INVOLUNTARY REACTION VS EMOTIONAL REACTION - COGNITIVE RESPONSE

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⚖️ VISCERAL RESPONSE VS EMOTIONAL REACTION

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“When people tell me I can’t do something, I have a visceral reflex to say, Yes, I can.” Angela Duckworth

📄 ABSTRACT
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Visceral response and emotional reaction manifest as physical sensation in human body. The differences are in expectation, speed, location, intensity, duration, origen and source of the voice and images.

🥊🪶 EXPLORING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VISCERAL RESPONSE AND EMOTIONAL REACTION
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Hey there! 👋 Have you ever experienced a reaction so intense that it felt like a punch to the stomach? Well, that’s what we call a visceral response. In this blog post, we’re going to dive into the fascinating world of visceral reactions and explore how they are similar and different.

🤔 UNRAVELING THE MEANING OF “VISCERAL”
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Now, let’s start by unraveling the meaning behind the word “visceral.” We have visceral reactions that seem to bypass our intellect and hit us right in the gut.

You see, the term “visceral” is often associated with physical sensations and bodily reactions. It’s like when something happens, and you feel an immediate response within your abdominal area commonly known as “the stomach.”

💗 EMOTION MEANS “ENERGY IN MOTION”
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Intellectual responses that engage our thinking and reasoning abilities. Learned reactions are shaped by our experiences, beliefs, and cultural influences. They require us to engage our intellect and consciously choose how we want to respond.

Even though we might feel like we are not in control, The phrase “Cool it down” by taking cold shower will suffice.

⚖️ THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VISCERAL AND EMOTIONAL REACTION
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  • Reaction
    • Visceral
    • It’s unconsciousness response to situations
    • We know immediately what it is about
    • Fast
    • It’s intense. I feel like frozen, strike by lighting…
    • Sensation can be felt and remembered over days
    • Normally is felt in the stomach area and propagates to all body sensation
    • We know with our all body that’s right
    • It can be accompanied by voice or images and we know that the message it’s absolute certainty of the best possible choices at the time and place
  • Emotional
    • We are aware what caused the response
    • We might have one or several issues which caused the feeling
    • It needs to build
    • It goes from mild to intense
    • It builds up and dissipate
    • It’s felt in chest, stomach, face area as a part body sensation. In few cases it might spread over the body.
    • It might feel as a confusion
    • It can be accompanied by one or several voices which can have different messages

✏️ EXERCISES
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Think about moment of your past when you “🥊 Feel it in your gut.” In your mind step inside the moment, see what you saw, hear what you heard and notice the origin, direction and speed of the sensation. Make the images bigger, the sounds louder and repeat it again and again and again, each time bigger, louder and more intense. That’s right. Step out of the situation and think about the moment of “🔥 Joy.” In your mind step inside the moment, see what you saw, hear what you heard and notice the origin, direction and speed of the sensation. Make the images bigger, the sounds louder and repeat it again and again and again, each time bigger, louder and more intense. That’s right. Step out of the situation. What was the some and what was different?

🌩️ VISCERAL REACTION
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  1. As we saw earlier Visceral reaction enter without expectation as a sort of warning or advert bypassing conscious awareness.

  2. We know immediately to which situation is attached.

  3. It’s immediate. Without thinking.

  4. We can really feel it. It’s intense sensation as a gripping or punching our stomach.

  5. There is a residue of the sensation which can last hours, days or even months after.

  6. Visceral sensation it’s felt in the stomach area most intensely and spread through all body so we experience full body sensation.

  7. All body sensation means that all our body backup 100% the significance of the message and we know that’s right.

  8. We can hear voice and/or see images and we know that the message it’s absolute certainty of the best possible choices at the time and place. The origin of location, direction, speed, loudness of the voice and it’s attribution as to whom it belongs it’s often different from our common daily life talk. Think of Paul of Tarsus who changed direction of his life upon hearing two powerful phrases and becoming blind for a period of three days.

🪶 EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
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  1. Emotion or ’energy in motion’ it’s a response to some issues in our life and we are only partially aware what might caused the response. Think about butterflies in the stomach. It might be about the test, going later on the party or starting to know this attractive person. We are getting upset, falling in love, having response over candlelight dinner. There are many similar emotions 1

  2. Emotion is based on mixed knowledge of family, cultural, surrounding values which are evolving through our life. What we have enjoyed it when we were children has changed value over the time and our emotional response it’s different as well. Emotional response it’s habituated.

  3. Emotions is looping cycle of representation which when speeding up and getting bigger and louder it’s getting more intense. Think about your experience from the exercise or the phrase such as: “I am like in pressure pot, boiling inside.” This person it’s using metaphor of temperature, pressure and himself as a container and when the pressure explode the pot, he’ll feel he is not responsible.

  4. Emotions can be described by words and we can discern from the tone, pitch, speed and loudness of the voice the degree of intensity of emotion. Or from the body posture, facial expression, body movement and focus, gestures emotional affection. If we are even more concentrated we can see changes of color on people faces and hands, sweat perspiration from the forehead and hands.

  5. Emotions tends to build up over period of time and dissolve once we have released our issue. I have heard about the man crying in front of coffin: “You have been good, I will remember you!” over time, when other family arrived and asked him “What are you doing? That’s our Dad in the coffin!” The man apologize and as he has released his grief and felt satisfied he desisted to look for his father.

  6. Emotion heat chart shows emotion over part of the body 2 It’s felt in chest, stomach, face area as a part body sensation. The most dense emotions are love and depression and even those doesn’t cover all body.

  7. Think about two deserts you like. You know that you like them both and if they are both on the table you might take bite from the first or the second. You like them both. We may feel similar emotion towards two or more persons or items and not be clear about the absolute right choice thus being confused.

  8. The Emotions we are feeling and describing by our voices can make the voice a bit more softer, harsh or upset. We can even reproduce in our mind voices of the know to us persons with their tonality and feel emotional response upon their messages. You can start to realize that emotions are in your hands. Actors can play role of bad, nasty, angry man and at the some time knowing that they are kind, lovely and that later on they’ve got supper with their lovely partner.

⚖️ SIMILARITY OF VISCERAL RESPONSE AND EMOTIONAL REACTION
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  1. There might be temperature variation during the span of the episode

  2. We can feel sensation in our body

😆 JOKES
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  • Airline costs. The cost of flying is out of control, and soon they will start adding emotional baggage fees. “Where did he touch you when you were young? That will cost an additional $50.
  • Some claim that when they cut onions, they cry. The key, in my opinion, is to avoid developing an emotional connection with them.

🦋 METAPHORS
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  • I had a gut feeling that something was wrong.
  • My gut told me not to do it.
  • I went with my gut instinct.
  • I followed my gut feeling.
  • I had a feeling in my bones that I was right.
  • I had a hunch that something was up.
  • I got a gut punch when I heard the news.
  • I had butterflies in my stomach before the big presentation.
  • My heart sank when I saw the look on her face.
  • My stomach was in knots when I waited for the test results.
  • I had a gut-wrenching feeling when I realized what I had done.
  • I felt a sense of dread when I saw the dark clouds in the sky.
  • I had a feeling of déjà vu when I walked into the room.
  • I had a gut feeling that I had met him before.
  • I had a sixth sense that something bad was going to happen.
  • I followed my intuition and it paid off.
  • I went with my gut and it was the right decision.
  • I trusted my gut and I was glad I did.
  • I know it’s just a feeling, but I can’t shake it.
  • I have a feeling that something big is about to happen.

✏️ CONCLUSION
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As we have learned sensations are part of the human perceptions. Some people dwell on searching for emotion of love or harmony and when the fleeting moment arrives and transform itself into more stable value they want experiment high again. Other people think they are above the emotions and they found themselves dazzled yet again when they experiment in their body sensation of what can only be described according to them as illness. Sensations could be guide for the people who pay attention and are aware of their meanings.


  1. @book Ekman P. Basic emotions. In: Dalgliesh T, Power MJ, eds. Handbook of Cognition and Emotion. 1999:45-60. doi:10.1002/0470013494.ch3 ↩︎

  2. @article Nummenmaa, E., Hari, R., & Hietanen, J. (2013). Bodily maps of emotions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(2), 646–651. ↩︎

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He is an explorer of the structure of subjective experience, seeking a deeper understanding of how people experience the world through their conscious and subconscious minds. He studies the inner worlds of thoughts, feelings, and sensations that shape our perceptions, behaviors, and choices.
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