How would you describe the way you process emotion personally (not necessarily in MBTI terms)
"not very well"
Either I feel it and acknowledge it, and don't know what to do with it
or I numb it out.
You do feel an emotion quickly or slowly in response to a situation?
Often immediately. I feel anger and happiness very quickly, if the situation promotes either of those emotions.
I do experience blocking and numbing when I am in a high stress situation. I handle situations like that very well. Later on, it really hits me.
Are your emotions intense or more lightly felt?
Good question. I do feel overpowering emotions generally because I'm battling an addiction right now, and the highs and lows of it are great. But other than that, my experience of emotions has been pretty even par. Moderately felt. Apart from depression, in which I feel numb.
When you experience an emotion, can you identify its source and understand why?
Often. But this has taken many years... learning and practicing self awareness and observation is an skill that is easily lost if you don't use it often i.e. daily
Are your emotions pure and singular, or do they tend to be a mix of multiple feelings in a more layered and nuanced manner?
Multiple. I often feel overwhelmed by the tangled emotions that sometimes engulf me. My emotions are only intense when they are layered upon others.
How much of your emotional experience lies beneath the surface in your subconscious and how much is consciously felt and known?
I repress a lot of emotions. A lot. Particularly anger and sadness.
How do you view the role of emotions in your life? Is it important to you to feel? Does it provide you with insight or do they get in the way of other things?
A bit of both. I am working my way towards being able to extract individual emotions, instead of feeling overwhelmed all the time. I often appear cold to the outside world- I do withold my emotions as not to bother anyone. I don't enjoy depending or 'dumping' on people. But I find emotions are a good feedback system IF they are teamed with self awareness. The second point is a MUST. Emotions left to their own devices don't do anybody any favours.
How do you react to people who experience emotion in an opposite way from how you do?
I used to question people over this - especially the a-emotional. With maturity, learning about myself, and others, I have learnt people experience, and deal with emotions in very different ways, and the manifest in people uniquely.
I tend to deal with emotions in a variety of ways, but generally I rarely outwardly express them. So I suppose people who outwardly express their feelings, is the opposite reaction to mine. I do respect people who are like this, and sometimes I wish I could do the same myself. I believe expression of emotion helps people in their own lives and their relationships (especially if it's their relationship with me!). But I don't like excessive over the top explosions. A few times a year is ok, but any more than that is really pushing it.
I'm ok with enthusiasm, and joy, as long as it's honest. I enjoy being in environments such as this. They rub off on me.