Dominant Emotion Defined by Others

Dominant Emotion Defined by Others

Dominant Emotion can be a confusing subject when one looks to Google for understanding. One can take any number of quizzes to discover that one emotion. Psychology Today names the one for 2021 as “languishing”. Ekman proposes seven dominant ones. Collins Dictionary names guilt as the dominant one of all mothers. Many of the proposals state that positive thinking is the best way to produce it. Our understanding of the definition is very different.

We understand Dominant Emotion to be one of the emotions that is defended by all the other emotions. It is illusive. Too many good therapists have focused treatments on fear, anger, rage, shame and guilt when the dominant one could be joy or hopelessness. Nobody chooses it. We cannot conjure it up by positive thinking. We may be able to discover its cause or causes but not change it in any way. When we discover it, we can direct the person toward a more productive and happy life by focusing on that one emotion. The reason so many fail at success is that they get caught up in trying to use the other emotions and associated rational thoughts.

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