Aren’t You Far More Than Just Your Words?
How we are naturally fooled by our reliance on speech and self-stories.
So that we can grasp the relationship between the ideas of ‘words’ and ‘thinking’ we have to go back to the fundamental philosophies of affectology – the importance of realizing that what you think is only part of the complexity of your mind. And that complexity extends to the very depths of your subconscious.
This is a blog post, so I figure it’s not fitting to make you go through a prolonged semi-course on the difference between words and feelings, so it may be enough to summarize this here. Of course you can go here for a piece on affectology’s propositions around “I feel, therefore I am.”
Our summary is:
Descartes stated “I think, therefore I am,” so providing modern culture with the misconception that we are governed by our ego-centric, verbal selves. If we can’t think it and describe what we’re thinking, using words, then it doesn’t exist. This, of course, defines the philosophy and modus operandi of mainstream psychotherapy and general psychology (that is, ‘talk therapy’).
The affectological view is that there’s much more going on in the chaotic and hyper-intricate mind/brain complex than we can ‘put words to.’ Neuroscientific evidence shows that not only are there deep affect (feeling) drivers and influencers in existence in your unconscious ‘set-up’, but that these drivers have far more to do with our fundamental characteristics and the way your conscious mind works than you realize or acknowledge.
This leads the affectology movement to proclaim something far more affirming for the human essence than Descartes’ statement ever did, and that is “I FEEL, therefore I am.”
But in case you think I’m advocating that we should just ignore words and verbalization of experience and go back to grunting and gesturing, it’s useful to understand that I’m saying that we should give far more respect to the fact that there are dynamics within your unconscious processes that you can NEVER put words to.
There’s really nothing scary or mysterious about this, but it needs just a little awareness of ‘how this is’ so that we can understand patterns and algorithms of the affect unconscious in order to manage and balance the whole of our life experience.
You are far more than the sounds that come out of your mouth.
Your experience of life is not simply what you can form into words.
You are what you feel.
At times I think and at times I am.
– Paul Valery, philosopher