A Greater Glimpse to Human Nature

"Explore the intricate interplay of emotions and reason in 'A Greater Glimpse to Human Nature.' This insightful blog delves into our evolution as emotionally and rationally equipped beings, revealing how this blend shapes our survival and future. It highlights emotional self-awareness, essential for understanding our feelings and actions, and underscores the importance of emotional intelligence in personal growth and community building. From the instinctive responses of infants to the sophisticated emotional awareness of adults, the article invites readers to reflect on the profound impact of our emotions and thoughts, both in shaping our individual lives and in fostering human connections."

Engr. Ervin Goh

1/26/20183 min read

Human beings are the most self-conscious animals. This makes us increasingly invested and crafty in our need for survival. We developed basic emotions (fear, joy) like the other animals. But then we developed a more complex rational system too, in which we could imagine our own past and future selves. It was the ability to reason about old and future selves (to set traps, and not just run from tigers) that allowed us to dominate the food chain. Rational thought helped us shape the world for our better future.

We always feel something that no one can explain. Right now as I’m typing these words, I feel relax and calm because every circumstances need a certain emotion in order to transcend it successfully. Just like how we love a person, especially our family. They are my backbone, they gives me strength all the time and will always be my inspiration in order to achieve my goals. I also feel relax and my mind is greatly challenged by playing computer games, or studying. However, studying can also trigger headache.

Emotional Self-Awareness is the ability to understand your own emotions and their effects on your performance. You know what you are feeling and why—and how it helps or hurts what you are trying to do. You sense how others see you and so align your self-image with a larger reality. You have an accurate sense of your strengths and limitations, which gives you a realistic self-confidence. It also gives you clarity on your values and sense of purpose, so you can be more decisive when you set a course of action. As a leader, you can be candid and authentic, speaking with conviction about your vision. Emotional Self-Awareness isn’t something that you achieve once and then you’re done with it. Rather, every moment is an opportunity to either be self-aware or not. It is a continual endeavor, a conscious choice to be self-aware. The good news is that the more you practice it, the easier it becomes. Research by my colleague and friend Richard Davidson suggests that one way to become more self-aware is to check in with your sensory experience regularly, and shift your behavior accordingly.

We sense our emotions from the time we’re babies. Infants and young children react to their emotions with facial expressions or with actions like laughing, cuddling, or crying. They feel and show emotions, but they don’t yet have the ability to name the emotion or say why they feel that way.

As we grow up, we become more skilled in understanding emotions. Instead of just reacting like little kids do, we can identify what we feel and put it into words. With time and practice, we get better at knowing what we are feeling and why. This skill is called emotional awareness.

Emotional awareness helps us know what we need and want (or don’t want!). It helps us build better relationships. That’s because being aware of our emotions can help us talk about feelings more clearly, avoid or resolve conflicts better, and move past difficult feelings more easily.

Some people are naturally more in touch with their emotions than others. The good news is, everyone can be more aware of their emotions. It just takes practice. But it’s worth the effort: Emotional awareness is the first step toward building emotional intelligence, a skill that can help people succeed in life.

We likely have emotions because they help us survive. But they also tend to drive us crazy when given too much reign. Of course what I’m saying barely scratches the surface. After all, the other reason why we developed emotion is that emotion helps build relationships and bind communities. We would not be able to coordinate our goals so well if we did not love, fear, trust, and feel a sense of pride