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Feelings: what's the point of rational thought if emotions always take over?

https://theconversation.com/feelings-whats-the-point-of-rational-thought-if-emotions-always-take-over-128592

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Feelings: what's the point of rational thought if emotions always take over?
We don't always realise it, but emotions play a positive role in decision making.

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Reason and emotions in decision making

Reason and emotions in decision making

Decision making is a complex process, that engages both reasoning and emotions. Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational perso...

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Being entirely rational

It may seem like life would be easier this way, but evolution has supported the development of feeling and thinking exactly because we need them both.

Feelings handle o...

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Feelings and reason are better friends than we believe

They feed and reinforce one another. The best rational decisions take feelings into account.

If you want to go on a diet for example, the best option is not always pick...

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