Emotion-Reason Scaling

I’ve been engaging in an online dialogue on the topic of a scale or continuum of emotion and reason with Landzek through comments on his blog. Since, I am unable of posting images in his comments (AFAIK), I am posting them with commentary here.

He’s got 4 parts of this topic (so far), but, for reference sake, it starts here. Without retreading context you can get on his site, the essence is the notion of a scale, a spectrum between emotion and reason. In part 4, he conveys something I interpret as a time series graphically as image A.

Emotion and reason are a dimension represented on the Y axis, and time is on the X axis.

Prior to this, time was not a factor, so I had been constructing this as a simple continuum as shown in image B.

Here, there is only a X axis, running from emotional to rational, representing reason. Ignoring for the time of the index of the scale and not being concerned if the relationship is even-tempered linear or something else.

Secondarily, is there a quality perspective to the placement? My initial questions are embedded on the graph.

As I don’t feel that the Emotional-Rational scale are opposites, I’ve been thinking through how this scale might work. My first take was along these lines, creating a Cartesian plane.

It this, Irrational and Rational create an X-axis scale and Reserved and Emotional create the Y axis. I’m not sure that the nomenclature opposite of Emotional is, but stoical or reserved are placeholders for now.

Upon further thought, I am not sure irrational is the extreme opposite to rational. I am also not sure what the interplay of rational versus irrational versus non-rational should be, but I created a fourth chart as a basis of discussion.

I am not making a claim that any of these are correct. I am just trying to think this through visually. As I’ve got a day job, I need to get back to, I at least wanted to provide this foundation for conversation.

2 thoughts on “Emotion-Reason Scaling

  1. I love it! I love the figures also. I wish I knew how to operate computer is better to be able to draw things figures and such because I would just have a ton of them. Lol

    But yeah I like those.

    And I agree with your conditional past years of telling us that we meet or you might not be sure of those polemics, but I think they work well enough.

    Because I even describe that having the top end of emotional intensity would qualify as having to be committed by the sheer fact that you are no longer functioning well enough to keep from being committed, and then likewise there’s zero scale on reason would mean that you are so unreasonable that the same condition applies, I E, that you would have to be committed because you were totally unable to behave in such a matter as to prevent yourself from being committed.

    I have some other thoughts on your presentation there, but I think I will try to incorporate them in part five. I think I’m a part five. Lol

    And please know that I just enjoy discussion, I enjoy having my ideas attacked, and I enjoy attacking other peoples ideas. And I don’t mean this in the sense of viciousness or hatred or anything personal, I mean this in the sense of to me that’s what a discussion is, that’s what an argument is, and that’s how we both learn and grow is by not holding back and also not taking it personally.

    So hopefully you can agree with my approach on discussion. Yea? Because while I do get a good amount of learning from those who agree with me and then add constructive criticism here and there, I think I learn and grow the most when people tell me I’m just filled with shit and here is why I think so 😄. So if you ever think I’m filled with shit just tell me and I will love you for it at this point.


    1. Agreed. Honest critique and idea exchange is beneficial. Frankly, I hadn’t invested a lot of energy into the topic. It’s mostly a reaction to having read your posts. As such, I haven’t established a strong opinion either way. So, for me, it’s just a mental exercise to get to a place that feels ‘right’.

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