If you’re a coach, you probably don’t ask your clients about diet, exercise, or sleep habits. But low affect, or feeling down, can have a physical cause. That’s because the purpose of the brain is not to make us happy, or make rational decisions, but to ensure that we grow, survive and reproduce. This is why we need to look at the brain and body as a whole. And the brain works to keep your mind-body system in balance, so you can grow, survive, and reproduce.
In Part 1, we looked at how the old triune brain theory of emotion and the universality of emotions are not supported by science. Rather emotions are constructed on the spot using concepts that we acquired from our parents and the culture we were brought up in. This means that emotions are individually and culturally specific and vary widely from culture to culture.
In Part 2, we look at how the brain constructs emotions and what the new Theory of Constructed Emotion has to say about stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.