Affective Domain

In a previous post,  I detailed the Domains of the mind:  Affective Domain, Cognitive Domain, and Conative Domain.  Since my posts at this time will concentrate on our Emotional Need, let me further discuss our Affective Domain.  Our Affective Domain (emotions) is part of our transgenerational guidance system of ancient knowledge, our daily  interactions as we respond emotionally to our environment, and those painful past buried emotional experiences.  There are different writers who will categorize emotions differently. However, for this writer I recognize the five core human emotions of fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, and happiness. I indicate that there is an evolutionary nature to our emotions.  Daniel Goleman proposed that, “evolution has given emotions such a central role in the human psyche.” (1995)  Viewed from an evolutionary perspective, emotions link us to the Animal Kingdom, especially as they relate to our Mammalian Brain. Emotions are a quintessential element for any experience we have, and they are a major part of the way we perceive reality. In my understanding of the Affective Domain there are four central roles (functions) I maintain emotions play: 1.) survival role is our emotions alerting us to help us with our primal basal need for safety and security. The survival role helps prepare us for “flight or fight.” For  Daniel Goleman “the survival value of our emotional repertoire was attested to by its becoming imprinted in our nerves as innate, automatic tendencies.” (1995), 2.) motivational role is our emotions guiding and motivating us. Emotions help set us in the direction of understanding what needs are missing, including the very need of experiencing and understanding emotions themselves. Emotions are significant indicators when life is out of balance. John Powell suggested that, “emotions are not moral but simply factual.” (1969), 3.) experiential role is our emotions allowing us to experience deeper levels of life and meaning in life, depending on the situation that is happening in life: i. e. fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, or happiness. The experience is much more meaningful if the emotion is allowed to come in an honest form, and not hidden or repressed in some manner. The experiential role includes getting in touch with those buried raw emotions that contain hurtful past memories, and 4.) unconscious role – our emotions play a significant role in the unconscious level of consciousness. There is a pronounced emotive factor for both cross-generational collective unconsciousness and personal unconsciousness (much more to come).


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