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Feeling or thinking

  1. Feeling

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  2. Thinking

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  1. Jun 8, 2005 #1
    Which has contributed more to your life?
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  3. Jun 8, 2005 #2
    Hard to say since I use one to do the other interchangably.
  4. Jun 8, 2005 #3
    Thinking for me. Feelings can often hinder me from what I know needs to be done.
  5. Jun 8, 2005 #4


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    A little bit of both.
  6. Jun 8, 2005 #5
    Feelings for me - but they seem for most an undiscovered, unappreciated, underutilized and underrated resource.
  7. Jun 8, 2005 #6
    do you mean like, feelings as in emotions? vs thinking meaning logic? and do we mean positively contributed? or which just affects us most?
  8. Jun 8, 2005 #7
    I go with what I sense, or in other words, feel.
  9. Jun 8, 2005 #8
    My emotions tend to not do so well for me. I generally wind up needing to use my logic to pull me out of the situation that my emotions have gotten me into. Haven't given up on my emotions yet, though I have been close.
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    Well said. Feeling may have had more impact, but not necessarily in a positive way. There have been times where I would have been better if I followed my instincts, but usually logical reasoning results in better choices (what hypatia posted).
  11. Jun 9, 2005 #10


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    Feeling interpreted as "belief" == intuition, gut, understanding (the "mystic" view that there are things unapproachable by logic) against thinking == logic.
  12. Jun 9, 2005 #11
    INTJ all the way baby!

    guess which one I am..
  13. Jun 9, 2005 #12

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    I find that instinct, or whatever you wish to call it, plays an integral role in any major decision. I primarily follow logic to a point, but almost anything important involves judgement calls, or best guesses, with no black and white logical decision to be made.

    On the flip side of things, some [but not all] of the most profound moments in my life came through science and learning; which in turn produced many feelings - exhilaration, a sense of awestruck, overwhelmed, even cathartic experiences...and some feelings that were unique to learning. I have often thought of something Frank Drake of the famed Drake Equation once said. There have been two times in his life that he thought that he was, or may have been looking at a signal from an alien race - somewhere out there. "It is a very special feeling", he said, "and not like any other. I hope I can feel that again some day". Also consider Michio Kaku, who cried when he first saw the equations from GR. So apparently not only for me, but even for accomplished physicists, feelings and thinking, even logic, are hopelessly intertwined.
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    feeling caused the thinking
  15. Jun 9, 2005 #14
    Both make me feel like crap.
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  17. Jun 9, 2005 #16
    More or less the same for me. I can't separate them. Thinking, for me, is primarily the act of sorting out feelings (emotions).
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    In the sense of 'intuition', my first reaction is usually correct even if subsequent conscious consideration conflicts with it. I have come to realize after very carefully analyzing such situations that it is simply a matter of my subconscious mind working faster and more accurately. As a for instance, when I approach a pool table, there's usually one shot that just screams to be taken. I always try to map out the table anyhow, and consider every foreseeable possiblility. Quite often, logic says "that's a stupid shot; take that one instead". If I follow the logic, something tends to screw it up. Taking the initial one works, because it's something that I know is in accordance with the way that I play. Retrospectively, it was logical after all.

    Emotions have gotten me into all kinds of trouble, so I always try to temper them with logic. In that regard, I'm pretty much in accordance with Loseyourname's thoughts.
  19. Jun 9, 2005 #18
    If I define the dichotomy for you, I am imposing my thinking; if I trust you appreciate its general sense, I assume you are using your feelings.
  20. Jun 9, 2005 #19


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    Feelings got me in real trouble in my youth, now i think about the consequences
    of not thinking something through.
  21. Jun 9, 2005 #20


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    I have read an interesting book that clears up this confusion:

    thought + emotions = feelings

    this equation I can agree with, so I can't really make a determination in this poll.
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