By André Faust (May 02, 2017)
I am always in a constant battle with myself between logic and emotion. From life experience, most of my mistakes in life were the results of decisions arising from emotional responses, rather than those based on logic.
I ‘ve come to realise that logic is only a structured systematic thought process for example if condition A exists then the result has to be this. or if you remove every possible explanation and you are left with one, that has to be the correct one.
Logic by itself, without emotion, cannot keep our species alive because is only an abstract thought process and this thought process is not a drive for survival, while the process is useful in developing strategies to get what we want it is not directly responsible for our survival.
Emotions, on the other hand, seems to be the main driving force to keep our species alive and at the individual level, it is emotions that dictate why we behave as we do. Related to emotions and why we behave there are three other properties, motivation and drive which can work for us or can work against us depending on what we are responding to.
One of the best theoretical frameworks that I have found as a base to understand the relationship between behaviour and emotion is the self-determination theory.
The beauty of the self-determination theory is that it simplifies our emotional drives into three basic needs. 1. Autonomy. Is the universal urge to be causal agents of one’s own life and act in harmony with one’s integrated self. 2. Competence, Seek to control the outcome and experience mastery and 3. Relatedness, Is the universal want to interact, be connected to, and experience caring for others. (Ryan, & Deci, 2000).
The implication of the theory is that if any, any combination or all are not met, the chances of experiencing negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, depression and others is greatly increased. In other words, a state of unhappiness and if these are not met between people conflict can arise.
In an upcoming video, I will be discussing police aggression, investigation and interrogation of innocent people using the logic of the theory of self-determination. The discussion will look at two frames of reference one from the police and the other from the person(s) frame of reference and how the interaction between the two can have serious negative impact on the lives of the innocent person.
Ryan, R., & Deci, E. (2000). Self-Determination Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being (1st ed.). American Psychologist. Retrieved from https://selfdeterminationtheory.org/SDT/documents/2000_RyanDeci_SDT.pdf