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Emotional Volume 20 August 2007


Emotion is a release of the pressure building within the body and mind. In some cases, you release the pressure with laughter. In other cases, with tears. In other cases, with rage. The release is a mercy. When you bury a child, you know intellectually that the child is going to heaven. But, you still cry. Those tears are a mercy.

Everyone gets angry, but many people are good at hiding their anger. The easiest way to figure out how angry a person gets is to study the volume of his/her other emotions.

Generally speaking, most people are consistent in their Emotional Volume. A person who laughs hard will cry hard and will get angry hard. A person with a very limited, subdued laugh will often have a very limited, subdued cry, and a very limited, subdued rage.

We’re speaking here of control. A person who cannot control his/her laugh will probably not be able to control his/her temper. The strong person, thus, is the person who can control him/herself. The weak is the person who is unable to exercise that control. If, when getting emotional, s/he loses control of his/her emotions, then that’s a sign of nifaq. That person has a spiritual disease of the heart.

People are generally consistent with their emotions.

There is a catch. If a person does not release any emotions, then s/he will burst. If s/he shuts down any and all emotions, then we may witness emotion explosions from that person. Such a person needs to retrain him/herself, or needs to get retrained on releasing appropriate emotions at appropriate times. In our psychotic, high pressure environment, the best way may be from laughter. Go to YouTube and find some funny, innocent videos. Or, find some wonderfully sappy Hollywood romances.

There is a second catch. If a person is restraining specific emotions, meaning if the person laughs but never seems to get angry, then s/he is not being honest. Everyone gets angry.

But, otherwise, people are generally consistent with their emotions.

And God knows best…



1. Bint-eh Adam - 20 August 2007

JazakalaKhairn for this.

Often forgotten in our circles is ‘Guilt’ – many people don’t realise how potent it can be in damaging emotional energies. Certain Muslim communities (generally) seem to be oblivious to it’s potency.

Also note that there are individuals who have quite ‘sensitive’ emotional spirits: meaning that very few things leave them without causing some form of emotive response.

Finally, at varying periods of life one’s emotional responses can fluctuate.. sometimes for long periods of time. Eg one can live 25-30 years without releasing emotion and then undergo an event which sparks a radical change for future.

2. Anonymous - 21 August 2007

salam, i’m still thinking about this and trying to work out what i think…

3. electromagnetic - 24 August 2007

This is very interesting. Barak Allah fikum. With regard to the second catch:

I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying here. If you mean that it is dishonest not to feel anger, then I certainly agree with you. If, however, you mean that it is dishonest to never *express* anger (that you feel) than I don’t know about that. I think restraining expression of anger that is felt is necessary to think clearly.

This post reminds me in a way of the showmanship of Muhammad Ali when he would taunt some of his opponents and seem to be out of control. In one of his quieter moments during the 1970s he was asked by a reporter if he worked himself up like that so that he could carry that anger with him into the ring. And Ali replied by observing that he couldn’t afford to allow himself to indulge in anger in the ring. When asked why, he replied (I paraphrase): When you’re angry, you can’t think straight. When you can’t think, you can’t fight.

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