William James’ bear

“Our natural way of thinking about… emotions is that the mental perception of some fact excites the mental affection called emotion, and that this latter state of mind gives rise to the bodily expression. My thesis on the contrary is that the bodily changes follow directly the PERCEPTION of the exciting fact, and that our feeling of the same changes as they occur is the emotion”

Flow : minds and thoughts => bodily reactions => mind’s perception of physiological conditions => emotions

Apparently, mind is still the most powerful thing on earth.

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