Emotions are very weird and to be quite frank, terrifying. Emotions for another human being cause so many issues associated with pain, distrust, and anger. So why do we as humans even bother caring for one another if it means that we might become susceptible to these unpleasant feelings that arise from human interaction? Well, the answer might seem obvious in which most people would respond: because not all of the feelings are negative. That is true, we as humans love to feel positive feelings such as joy, love, and happiness that is sparked by the actions or words of another. However, there is a lesser known, most likely subconscious draw that humans have towards the negative feelings that they may experience. This is not true for everyone, but I beg to say that this is true for the majority of individuals. I have done some research that shows some psychological evidence for this. Unknowingly, people generally experience a fair amount of happiness in their daily lives. When nothing big has recently happened to upset someone in their daily life for a long while, this happiness that they are consistently experiencing can smolder and fade into monotony. This causes humans to unknowingly crave distress. This is shown in why people feel the need to watch media that induces artificial sadness, because they need to experience that feeling in order to accurately judge the happiness they experience. This brings us back to the initial question, why do people become attached to others when there is an immanent risk for pain and sadness to ensue? It seems strange and contradictory to say that people secretly enjoy crying at a friend’s funeral, or grieving over a serious break up. The evidence I have found has shown that in many people, this type of sadness also releases considerable amounts of Dopamine and Serotonin in the brain, which creates a neural pathway that creates a pre-disposition to experiencing sadness in the future. People subconsciously will go into relationships that they know will hurt them eventually, because the brain is subject to this want. It may be a short circuit or flaw in the brain, but it is no question that it craves sadness and other negative emotions. I want to know what other people think about this discussion and if you agree with my stance, please let me know and feel free to provide any research you find compelling.Tags: contradictory emotions happiness psychology sadness
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