This advantage of classifications.

Hello beautiful souls. I hope you had a good weekend. Last week, we read a brilliantly written story by Smish and I told you that we will be seeing more of his work on this blog. you didn’t have to wait for long. Here is another brilliant piece by him that got me thinking. Hopefully, it will get you thinking as well.

Stay beautiful and motivated loves. See you later in the week.  Kindly share this post…

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As I move through life, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the things/emotions that I refer to as disadvantages or obstacles are as a matter of fact giant motivations. They don’t need to go away, it’s the way I choose to see them that needs to change ~ Smish. (2016).

Classification is a useful tool in life, no doubt; but it has its vices. The ability of man to be able to group life into living/non living things down to types,  phylums, classes and kingdoms in the world of the living has indeed helped us to see life in a more organized way. This has without doubt helped with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that have advanced the cause of man in our system of this earth.

Classification has even helped us to distinguish between ourselves humans. It has helped to trace our root based on skin color, tone, body shape and other striking physical qualities.

Classification however, should be left in the realm of the ‘seen’. The over use of classification has led to a stereotypical way of thinking which is destructive in conception and judgmental at best. You cannot classify feelings/emotions. The school of thought that supports the grouping of emotions and its use into good/bad at first glance is a no *brainer* and many fall into the trap of imbibing an intellectual passé. Ultimately, emotions are judged based on how you feel and what you feel when you feel them. What you feel when you feel them is based on your previous experiences and the memories it triggers. Since these memories are different from one person to person, based on different things, it will be fallacious of me to group my emotions based on your judgment on how you felt when it was triggered in you.

One idea on the study of emotion and its impact on psychological health is over due for retirement that negative emotions (like sadness or fear) are inherently bad or maladaptive for our psychological well- being, or positive emotions (like happiness or joy) are inherently good or adaptive. Such value judgment are to be understood within the framework of affective *science* as depending on whether an emotion implodes or fosters a previous ability to pursue goals, attach resources and emotions effectively within society *claiming the sort* ‘sadness is inherently bad’ or ‘happiness is inherently good’ must be abandoned in light of *imaginary advances in the scientific study of human emotion ~ Jane *Gubler* (Assistant professor of psychology, University of Colorado).

Emotions, if they should be judged or classified should be weighed on the scale of criteria like how it affects your productivity and if it improves your mental wellbeing or not.

Happiness can impede on progress and sadness can be a good motivator. ‘Good’ emotions can lead you to do bad things while the ‘bad ones’ could give you better clarity or even help you sympathize with whom or what you might have done the bad thing to.

The state of euphoria can lead one in a dangerous path down the road to destruction. We have heard of stories where men killed people/raped women on celebrating glee and we have also seen some of the greatest musical/artiste literally pieces *bone out of depression*.

Then why do we call sadness/depression bad and why do we call happiness/euphora good?

Why do we need to classify at all?

Written by Samuel Ishola

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2 Comments
  • Abey
    June 27, 2016

    Got me spinning in thoughts….nice one bro!

  • Oyindamola
    June 27, 2016

    Very thought-provoking 👏

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