Belief is an Emotion?

A great way to be disappointed by reality is to walk around with a set of expectations.  This is a path to unhappiness reports News

They go on to state the idea that Belief is an emotion just like anger, surprise and happiness.  This article is controversial with a myriad of religious examples.  But it raises some interesting ideas and questions about the power or lack there of, of belief when it is based on fact and when it is based on illusion (misunderstood facts).

 “Our beliefs become real, not because they are real, but because we see what we believe.”

When we have particular beliefs about ourselves and the world, many of us tend to expect that others share them.  The article suggests that beliefs are a constant reconfiguration of our expectations.

It goes on to state that belief as an emotion has a negative impact on humanity as it is an illusion to truth because most of the time belief is based on faith and not facts.  However, it only seems fallible to believe in something that is not substantiated via facts or effects (experiences).  A good question to address might be,

Don’t beliefs form from experiences with life, freedom, right and wrong?

The article goes on to state that we cannot distinguish emotionally between the past and future, or even between dreams, memories and reality (all of these stimulate the brain in the same way).

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What do you think about Belief, its place as an Emotion and how it Shapes our Reality?



4 responses to “Belief is an Emotion?”

  1. Hugo Rodrigues says:

    Beliefs are cognitive structures. The relations between the actual experience and those structures is capable of elicit emotions.
    The disconfirmation of a central belief can elicit a specific emotion, but to say that a belief is an emotion is to confound causes and effects

  2. Hugo- Your simplification of belief structures, cognition, and emotion is enlightening.
    Thank you for your insight, we appreciate your feedback.

  3. Keith D. says:

    Another thing that makes this interesting is that the only interface that we humans have with the universe is our perception– and what we think and what we believe will color our perception without any outside influence from what we think we’re perceiving, which clouds whatever we’re actually perceiving in unnatural hues.

    All manner of cognitive biases exist in this space, and all manner of misunderstandings occur because of problems created within this inherently manipulable interface to all of physical existence, whether its cause is religion, or denial, or dealing with a psychopath or pathological liar, or just bad information that we thought was good.

  4. Keith – It is always a pleasure to hear your insight and feedback. Thank you

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