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How our emotions help us


Most of the time, for some people all of the time, our emotions serve us well, by mobilizing us to deal with what is most important in life and providing us with many different kinds of enjoyment.

But sometimes our emotions get us into trouble. That happens when our emotional reactions are inappropriate, in one of three ways: Given that not every minute of life is emotional, the question remains: why do we get emotional when we do?

The most common way in which emotions occur is when we sense, rightly or wrongly, that something that seriously affects our welfare, for better or worse, is happening or about to happen.

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