"When our ancestors lived in the jungle hundreds of thousands of years ago, those who heard the footsteps of the stalking tiger, got a surge of adrenaline that fired up their muscles, and used this to run away as fast as they could, lived to tell the tale and have babies, while those who didn’t were eaten. Through the process of evolution, our brains became hard-wired to be on the lookout to threat and mobilize our bodies to deal with a potential predator by fighting or running away. Even today, fear and pain are powerful learning mechanisms that stop most of us from touching hot stoves, running into traffic, swimming in shark-infested waters, speculating wildly on the stock market or venturing into crime ridden neighborhoods alone at night.
So, indeed, negative emotions are functional in a basic, survival-oriented way. And, we still need them in our modern world where there are natural disasters, wars, and human predators. This may be why expert Gavin De Becker’s book “The Gift of Fear” continues to grace the Amazon bestseller list, more than 10 years after it was first written. So what is the problem with negative emotions?...."
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Via Melanie Greenberg, Dimitris Tsantaris