Here's the model that I've been using over the series "Untangling Emotions" to help us see where emotions sit in us. Here are a few things to note:
- This model is very simplified. There is a lot more interaction between the different elements. For example, after behaving in a certain way, it would affect our emotions and thoughts. Our emotions and thoughts also do interact with one another. Still it is useful as a way of understanding our emotions.
- As much as the model only shows our values influencing our emotions, it does have an effect on our thoughts as well. What seems to happen though, is that when our emotions are activated by our values, it filters through which thoughts go through to be processed by our thoughts in the moment. Should we slow down sufficiently, we definitely can access our values through our thoughts.
- The model also shows an idealised way that we produce our behaviours and actions. When our emotions and thoughts are functioning well and we give them room to feed into our decisions, we can live our behaviours out of a truer sense of who we are.
This model came out particularly through my study of the book of Romans, and how Paul talks about the mind.
I hope that you are finding this model and the series helpful! The podcast are available on our website, and they are part of the series "Untangling Emotions".