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Emotional intelligence and adaptation to life

Emotions represent an adaptive natural strategy. When they are denied or repressed, or when they overflow without control, they have a negative effect on our personal and relational health. At the human level, each emotion represents the satisfaction of a need and it constitutes a way of adaptive emotional intelligence, with its own and independent circuits from the neuronal circuits of cognitive intelligence, as shown by Daniel Goleman.

So, fear relates to the primitive instinct of life preservation and rage has to do with the capacity of self-assertion and defense of one’s own territory. Between these two emotions is located the fight or flight response, the most primitive of our adaptive strategies geared towards survival. 

The emotion of sadness produces the internalization of the feeling and the possibility of the encounter with oneself. By experiencing oneself’s company, the feeling of loneliness could be solved as a result of the control and inward strengthening provided by serenity. 

Obsessions and compulsions related to the need of security and confidence regarding our thoughts and actions represent the embryo of discipline, vocation and consecration which favors the self fulfillment. Happiness generates fluency and stimulates the feeling of innocence which accompanies the affective states of gratitude, grace and transcendence.  

Happiness is the emotion which enables the contact with the soul, the emotion of serving, the dedication and the impersonal love. It is the emotion of the present and of being present. Cultivating and promoting happiness, forgiving oneself and others, to be born to the liberating energy of impersonal love is the ideal method to get rid of destructive emotional states.

Fear and sadness are emotions tending to the contraction and internalization of the energy. Rage and obsession represent an expansive or externalizing tendency. Happiness represents the harmonic state of balance between expansion and contraction.  

The psychobiological processes involved in the most complex adaptive demands include responses that involve the central nervous and neurovegetative systems as well as the immune and endocrine systems. We have especially designed our EmotionLife® Get Up, Freedom and Transcend products to favor the optimal response to these adaptation needs. EmotionLife® Get Up helps us to modulate the response to stress, especially by the hypothalamus-hypophysis-adrenal axis. The EmotionLife® Freedom is an adjuvant in the modulation of the symptoms linked to the withdrawal syndrome, helping to reduce the risk of relapse. EmotionLife® Transcend eases the neuroendocrine processes involved in the human search for transcendence.