Eden C. answered 05/02/19
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Let's think about what an emotion actually is. An emotion is simply a physiological experience that we assign meaning to and label as an "emotion." Let me give you an example. Let's say I notice that my heart is racing and my hands are sweating a little. Well, this is simply something my body is doing because it's on alert. Depending on the situational context, my brain will assign a label to these physical sensations -- perhaps "excitement" or "nervousness," which both produce similar physical sensations. So, an emotion is a physical feeling that our mind labels. Using this information, why do you think people experience physical pain when they are in emotional distress?