[I]: an identification-bound model of (ir-)rational emotion

an abstract accepted for MathPsych 2023

([I] is pronounced, "Optional I")

[I], or more elaborately, PE[I(s)]X, expresses a model of (ir-)rational emotion presented here: Perception, Evaluation, (optional) Identification with situation, eXecution. The paper presents the model as a minimal logical addition to an uncontroversial emotion-processing model for the case of human emotional psychology: adding [I]. It is here claimed that emotion is greatly inhibitory, and Identification is an inhibitory factor. Rational (identification bound) and irrational (unbound) emotions are hereby distinguished. Several superficially-distinct emotional categories are here derived as forming a natural category of unbound emotion, under the assumption that identification binds emotion, and given a certain non-action, namely non-identification. Applying non-identification to a variety of generic circumstances yields the following, or very closely related, emotional categories:

Humility = -I(s) where s includes social status.
Forgiveness = -I(s) where s includes victimhood.
Trust = -I(s) where s includes fear.
Experiencing the Present = -I(s) where s includes time.
Unconditional Gratitude = -I(s) where s includes agency or responsibility for a positive outcome.
Service = -I(s) where s includes action.
("=" means "can be defined as", and
"-" is here used as notation for "NOT" or "There is no", or,
"Within the subjective limited psyche of an individual there does not exist an assertion...")

This model characterizes at least the above high virtues, also the unbound emotional states of emotional flow, serenity, bliss, and transcendence, and also the central emotional messages of each great religion. The results are consistent with many empirical findings from a variety of sources, traditions, and cultures, not least J.A. Martin's main finding in his work on Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience that transitions to higher levels are characterized by reduced level of self talk. This paper reviews the [I] model, its relationship to math, its ramifications and explanatory role in human emotion.

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