QUOTE: Dale Carnegie

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

-Dale Carnegie

This has become readily apparent in today’s society when almost every decision is posted on social media to be scrutinized and the internet allows for mistakes to be instantaneously recorded into history. People act emotionally, then justify logically. Knowing this about others can help you succeed, but being aware of this in yourself allows you to conquer this vice of human nature.

I think the emotional reaction is one of our baser instincts and logic has come about to temper the problematic reactions. But, it has not come far enough to precede the emotional response. Instead, it is a check on those responses which, hopefully, weeds out the undesirable emotional responses.

What do you think? Can we act logically and rationally without being driven by our emotion?

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  1. I am always startled by totally emotion driven reactions in others. The proverb is “Treat others as you’d like to be treated” but when I offer the information I would want before I make a decision, it’s not wanted, it’s not relevant to the emotional reaction. Baffles me. Even worse when I ask someone for more information before I do something, and get told basically “but I am emotional about it, of COURSE it’s right!” Based on what data? Because as far as I can see, it’s inaccurate data.

    There are things to react to emotionally, but not everything. I know a guy who bought a truck he couldn’t afford, that doesn’t do what he needs it to do because “It sounds cool.” Well. Now THAT’S a reason to buy a truck? I thought you needed to haul certain stuff, and it won’t haul it. “But it sounds SO bad ass.” Baffles me. I could handle “Out of all the trucks that did what I wanted, this one sounds the most bad ass” but not “this sounds the most bad ass, whether it fills my needs or not.”

    As to the question ” Can we act logically and rationally without being driven by our emotion?” I’d say it’s not “CAN” because we can. WILL we? That’s the harder question.

    1. Also, I like the way you think. If you’d like to join the conversation, you should right a blog post for the Conversation of Our Generation!

  2. I think you are spot on! I’d say too, if the question is “will we act rationally without our emotions?” we have to also answer the question of “How do we?” But my point is as emotional beings we can never think purely rationally, because there is a balance between our rationality and our emotions. To me, the trick is to find a proper balance between the two

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