Influence of emotions in decision making and reactions

Written by: Dr. Héctor Grimberg
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The following article makes it possible to make sense of a frequent question: why do we come up against the same stone again? Is it a decision? The answer is yes. It also aims to help:1. Understand why this happens2. See how you can stop stumbling again with the same stone


Emotions: what they are and how they influence decision making

Emotions give the answer to the previous question. But what exactly are emotions? It is something we talk about but it is often difficult to define. However, we often name them: anger, sadness, pain, joy.

Emotions are physical reactions to vital situations that significantly influence decision making, which are recorded as memory or tendency to repeat the same experience.

A very clear example can be: a panic reaction to an aggressive father during childhood can generate the idea in the child that that father was so because he (the child) was bad, deserved it. This reaction of panic can be repeated years later, in the same way, before a boss who draws attention, because he has done something wrong at work or also because he feels guilty for the fact that in his marriage they tell him repeatedly that he does not what you owe.

This shows us that a reaction in childhood gives rise to a belief that will make the person feel in a similar way to that, as soon as something of this moment resembles him.

The current story might be that the person did not know what to say when the boss caught his attention. Despite having done things well he could not defend himself; In other words, he reacted again with panic.

Then, intense experience + belief = collide with the same stone

The previous scheme is simple but has many implications in daily life, which generate high suffering.


Methods for treating affective disorders

The Moebius Method has been created from years of experience adding different theories: body expression, meditation , psychiatry, psychodrama, among others, and allows to work and solve this problem.

It consists of different stages:- First stage. The technique starts from the story of the present situation, clearly defining the emotion and the belief in game.- Second stage. When the patient can recognize the emotion as his own, with techniques of relaxation, movement and psychodrama.- Third stage. The patient finds a narrative, tells what he feels and finds a reason (belief).- Fourth stage. A new narrative is sought that deactivates the initial belief and enables other possible responses. To be able to apply it in the previous example, it would translate in knowing how to be able to speak with the boss and to declare that the work was well done.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Héctor Grimberg

By Dr. Héctor Grimberg

Dr. Grimberg is an internationally renowned specialist in individual therapy as depression or anxiety and in the field of group therapy with psychodrama techniques. His extensive experience, both in Spain and Argentina, also includes several plays and numerous first class presentations and participation in conferences and round tables.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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