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Emotions: 5 emotional ingredients in the sauce of life

Emotions: 5 emotional ingredients in the sauce of life

April 30, 2024

It is a fairly simple task for any self-respecting person, trying to establish an analogy between the emotions or feelings that we can experience throughout our life and the different flavors that we taste , coming from the mixture of foods that make up our diet.

That pleasure that we experience when tasting an excellent food, that runs through our 5 senses and plunges us into a kind of state of fullness and harmony, due in part to the skill of a great chef to combine and cook food, can be similar to the state of abstraction underlying the contemplation of a beautiful natural landscape or the first days of a love that seemed impossible, for example.

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The taste of emotions

Life can also evoke certain flavors in certain moments, as it has been suggested in countless literary works, songs or movies, which form part of the collective imaginary as an emotional synesthesia. In this way, we could find the following associations among others:

1. Sweet

Following popular philosophy, we understand that sweet moments are those associated with moments of success, whether personal, professional or similar. We understand that a person goes through a sweet moment when things are coming out in line with their expectations or even better. We could compare that taste then with emotions such as joy or sentimental states such as euphoria, satisfaction, love , etc.

2. Salty

Say that a person is salty (or 'leave' that would say the Andalusians) or that has salt, fundamentally has to do with the ability that person has to overcome their fear of making a fool of themselves or what others will say. That is to say, to orientate towards fun in everyday situations or in short, to enjoy certain events, knowing how to contribute a little more salt.

3. Bitter

When we imagine a bitter person, we usually imagine a person angry with the world, complaining or moody, who has no difficulty expressing his anger right and left. We can also think about sad, or melancholic people who encounter difficulties to be able to enjoy their lives, independently of whether or not there are objective factors that justify it.

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4. Spicy

Saying that a situation has become spicy or that this or that person is "picantona" usually evokes a certain state of excitement of a sexual nature mainly, related to emotional tension of pleasurable nature , in most cases, aroused by a situation "rise in tone". It is true that you can not say that everyone enjoys the spicy, just as there are people who, either because of inexperience, personal pudors or several other factors, find it difficult to experience this exciting sensation as pleasurable.

5. Acid

In the case of sour taste, I can not stop thinking about a type of humor without filters, in the style of Hugh Laurie -protagonist of the series of "House" -, in which the feelings themselves are expressed without taking into account those of others .

It also perfectly reflects the states of pressure to which certain people with high levels of self-demand, who experience anxiety, stress or various emotional tensions, derived from obsessive thinking styles in a pessimistic premonitory format, also called concerns, are submitted.

Curiously, these emotional states are associated with digestive disorders mainly of the gastritis type, heartburn and other problems of a psychosomatic nature.

Emotional regulation is like making a recipe

Learning to manage our emotions, knowing how to interpret the situations and changes that life has in store for us is an art, an art that can be learned, in the same way that a magnificent chef combines the ingredients to enrich his sauces, we can learn to favor certain interpretations of our reality , so that our vital tasting is fuller. Bon appetit!


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