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MIRROR SEVEN: EMOTIONAL REASONING

This mirror is about backward thinking.  Its reflection tells you that you are what you feel.  The facts don't matter; it's feelings that count.  And if the facts contradict your feelings, then go with your feelings and ignore the facts.

God designed you to think with your head and to feel with your heart, and as long as you do it that way, you won't have a problem with emotional reasoning.  When emotional reasoning takes over, chaos ensues.  Thinking with your heart is risky business because your heart isn't good at critical thinking.

When emotional reasoning takes over, and your emotions get into the driver's seat, you are in for a rough ride.  Emotional reasoning doesn't work because it puts the cart before the horse.  Emotions are meant to add enjoyment, spice, and flavor to your life, but they aren't meant to be in control.

God gave you a mind so you could think with your head, and He gave you a heart so you could enjoy the emotions caused by the positive thoughts that you put into your mind.  Don't get it backward, because it doesn't work well.

The only time it's truly safe to think with your heart is when your heart is full of God's love.  At all other times, listen to what your heart says, but don't let it assume control.  The Bible says, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."  Your mind is the door through which you enter the world of change, and your mind is supposed to lead the way with your heart not far behind.

The Bible recognizes that we think with both our head and our heart.  That's why the Bible says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."  This scripture is stating a fact of life - most people think with their hearts a great deal of time.  This is an area where balance is important.  For some things, your heart needs to lead the way, but your head should never be far behind.  God gave you a mind, and you are supposed to use it to control your emotions and not the other way around.

Emotional reasoning is a tough mirror to deal with because it's human nature to think with your heart.  The truth is, it's OK to think with your heart as long as it doesn't get into the driver's seat and assume control.

It boils down to a control issue.  Most of the time you should be thinking with your head and feeling with your heart, and your head should be in control.  You don't have to destroy this mirror.  Just make sure it's reflection isn't getting you into trouble.

Excerpt from :

Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind

David J Abbott M.D.



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