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    Post 5, how do you deal with your emotions

    This question has intrigued me, how do 5s generally experience and reflect on their emotions? I have this odd habit of rationalizing them, then analyzing them by "dissecting" to understand their origin (linked with the idea of detachment in 5s). Although I think it doesn't enable me to fully experience them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infiniterandomness11 View Post
    This question has intrigued me, how do 5s generally experience and reflect on their emotions? I have this odd habit of rationalizing them, then analyzing them by "dissecting" to understand their origin (linked with the idea of detachment in 5s). Although I think it doesn't enable me to fully experience them.
    I try to run them to ground also, by figuring out the cause. This is usually enough to diffuse them. I probably don't experience them fully, but just as well. The alternative has always seemed far worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infiniterandomness11 View Post
    This question has intrigued me, how do 5s generally experience and reflect on their emotions? I have this odd habit of rationalizing them, then analyzing them by "dissecting" to understand their origin (linked with the idea of detachment in 5s). Although I think it doesn't enable me to fully experience them.

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    I've pretty much gotten to the point where I am not entirely sure I remember what emotions feel like. I seem to recall as a child having some sort of sensations in the pit of my stomach that I don't appear to experience anymore. I'm pretty sure that they "sneak up on me" at times, but on a regular day-to-day basis, I honestly don't notice any physiological indications that I am feeling much of anything. That sort of makes me wonder how it would feel to be constantly flooded with emotions all the time.

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    I definitely analyze my emotions. I never act on them without first trying to understand what brought about my current feeling(s), and any conclusions/implications I can draw from them. If it seems illogical or I don't like where they're coming from (lol), then I ignore them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infiniterandomness11 View Post
    This question has intrigued me, how do 5s generally experience and reflect on their emotions? I have this odd habit of rationalizing them, then analyzing them by "dissecting" to understand their origin (linked with the idea of detachment in 5s). Although I think it doesn't enable me to fully experience them.
    At my core, I'm a very emotional type. But I find myself doing this 5 dissection/detachment pretty soon after my emotions start to feel 'strong.' It frustrates the hell out of me because I often feel like I've defused them before I can use them to create art. By the time I've externalized them, it often comes out like, "Well, I was feeling this due to this and this, etc" which makes for a pretty dry presentation. Arg. (That's why it's often better for me to express my feelings in visual art over my natural inclination toward language because it's less rational that way.)
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    yo. not sure i'm a 5 but i just tested highly for it on that enneagram test post.

    can you help me figure it out?

    i usually notice i am feeling icky in my stomach when something hurtful/bad has happened. i remember always doing this, even as a child. after i notice the yucky feeling has been around for, say, 5 to 15 minutes usually, i then think to myself, "self, what happened 5 to 15 minutes ago to bother me?" and i can then trace it back to the said event.

    then i can start processing the event. i usually somehow externalize this part of it. when i was little, i would talk out loud to myself to work it out. now i usually engage a friend to help me. this part of the process takes about 15 to 30 mins for a minor trigger/issue, and up to days or weeks for bigger issues.

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    It depends on the emotion. I allow myself to feel positive emotions, but I don't act on them. Negative ones I am forced to feel, but I express them only in imagination and then I analyze them. I think the latter is a mistake because it doesn't resolve any emotions but keeps them pent up. None of the answers to either problem (not expressing positive emotions, or keeping negative emotions pent up) is to be found in JCF or MBTI or any other typology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    It depends on the emotion. I allow myself to feel positive emotions, but I don't act on them. Negative ones I am forced to feel, but I express them only in imagination and then I analyze them. I think the latter is a mistake because it doesn't resolve any emotions but keeps them pent up. None of the answers to either problem (not expressing positive emotions, or keeping negative emotions pent up) is to be found in JCF or MBTI or any other typology.
    I'm reading a great book by Pennebaker called Opening Up: the healing power of expressing emotions. He has so much useful stuff about processing emotions and in particular traumatic events such as bereavement or traumas. Basically talking or writing about traumas makes a person feel worse at the time but makes them measurably healthier six months down the line; bottling things up is bad for your health. And the best processing occurs where emotions and events are both discussed as this makes cross links in the brain. I've not finished reading it but it's great so far.

    What would acting on positive emotions look like, to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambling View Post
    I'm reading a great book by Pennebaker called Opening Up: the healing power of expressing emotions. He has so much useful stuff about processing emotions and in particular traumatic events such as bereavement or traumas. Basically talking or writing about traumas makes a person feel worse at the time but makes them measurably healthier six months down the line; bottling things up is bad for your health. And the best processing occurs where emotions and events are both discussed as this makes cross links in the brain. I've not finished reading it but it's great so far.

    What would acting on positive emotions look like, to you?
    I don't know, but I'll certainly think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    I don't know, but I'll certainly think about it.
    I try to smile a lot, laugh a lot, that kind of thing. Saying thank you to people for any small thing is also a good way of drip feeding positive emotions out. Or describing why I like something or when something works well, that kind of thing.
    For the negative ones, I will often attach the negative emotion to a more trivial 'carrier' reason, so I might get openly cross with the photocopier machine at work but underneath I'm expressing an anger about some other issue. Or if I'm sad or distracted I will let myself be that way, within reason, rather than forcing myself to look happy and jolly other people along.

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