Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: Was Freud Right? Emotions: the Iceberg of the Brain?


Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: Was Freud Right? Emotions: the Iceberg of the Brain?

Arab American Encyclopedia-AAE and Yahya News Agency-YNA.

What shows is is very much less than what's hidden.www.hasanyahya.com

What shows is very much less than what’s hidden.
www.hasanyahya.com

There is no such thing as an “emotion” facility in the brain, wrote Joseph Ledoux, Professor of science at New York University. And no single system dedicated to this phantom function. If we want to understand the various phenomena we call emotion, we have to focus on specific types.

Here how does emotion work, each system evolved to solve different problems that animals face and each has a separate neural basis. The system  we use to defend against danger is different from  the one used in procreation; the feelings we get when these two activated – fear and sexual pleasure—do not have a common origin.

Brain systems that generate emotional behaviors are rooted deep in our evolutionary past. All animals, including humans, have to do certain things to survive as species. At the least they have to eat, defend themselves from danger, and reproduce. This is as true of insects as it is of fish and humans – and the neural systems that achieve these ends are fairly similar in all species with brains. This suggests that if we want  to know what it is to be human, we should find out how we resemble animals as well as how we differ.

No one knows if animals are conscious and so no one knows  whether they “feel”. Certainly, it is not necessary for animals to have conscious feelings for emotional systems to do their job, and it is not necessary for the functioning of basic emotion systems in humans either. Emotional responses are for the most part generated  unconsciously. Freud was right on the mark when he described consciousness as the tip of the mental iceberg.

Therefore, conscious emotion  is in a way  a red herring: the feeling and behavior it prompts are surface responses the initial mechanism orchestrates….. Emotions are things that happen to us rather than things we make happen. We try to manipulate our emotions all the time but all we are doing is arranging the outside world so it triggers certain emotions – we cannot control our reactions directly. Anyone who has tried to fake an emotion knows how futile it is. Our conscious control  over emotions is weak, and feelings  often push out thinking, whereas thinking fights a mainly losing battle to banish emotions. Why? This is because the wiring of the brain favors emotions —  the connections from the emotional systems to the cognitive systems are stronger than the connections that run the other way. (430 words) www.hasanyahya.com

Source:

–          Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind , 1998, P.155, ISBN: 0753810190

–          The writers books: Al-Wai-Wal-Wai-Consciousness-unconsciousness (2010)/and Stress & Personality Types (2009)

Read the writer’s 170 books HERE or Here

أقرأوا للكاتب بعضا من 170  كتابا   هنا  أو هنا  وشكرا .والله يرعاكم .

About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: askdryahya@yahoo.com Thank you!
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