Fact 1: Emotions can affect our thinking and actions in a negative way.

Emotions can affect our ability to think logically because they bias the way we think. Drew Westen’s research in what he calls “confirmation bias” has found that people will discard facts that do not support their feelings and pursue facts that do (Westen, 2007). In other words, if we have taken a position or stand on a political issue, the only facts we will contemplate are the facts that support our feelings for that issue. It can be said that our feelings will most likely cause us to never take on opposing views on what we already believe.

Emotions from the past can also hijack our actions in present situations. If we have had a bad experience such as a divorce, combat ...

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