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This is a discussion on Visceral reaction to emotions? Which emotions trigger it in you? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; How many of you have physical reactions to emotion? I was thinking about it because I recently did a number ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Visceral reaction to emotions? Which emotions trigger it in you?

    How many of you have physical reactions to emotion?

    I was thinking about it because I recently did a number of tours while on vacation. They ran the gamut in terms of topic, and were all quite enjoyable. However, one of them was focused solely on wartime. The entire exhibit was weapons and recreations of trenches. I didn't even get halfway through before I had to go outside because I got sick to my stomach.

    Does this happen to anyone else? I've found that shame/disgust/guilt tend to trigger those reactions in me. What emotions do you have an immediate physical reaction to?
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    An interesting question which I guess one could also accompany with this extra question "Do you react the same way, when you are watching a movie". Some are much better than others at differentiating between real and fiction and can separate the emotions, but others find it extremely difficult no matter how it's presented. I can split real from fiction, but I do believe visual triggers of any kind of cruelty towards other humans, will always awake a disturbed feeling inside me.

    The evil side of humanity has many faces and people constantly develop new ways to disguise it, as sinister as that sounds that is the unfortunate truth we have to deal with. Even so, this is where you need to remind yourself that there is an opposite of evil which we call good. Take joy in the humble and unselfish actions of those who sincerely do wish others the best. On so many layers I think we often can forget a bit the good that exist, because we live in a world where negative news draw the most attention. Perhaps a completely different topic but it is in a peculiar way odd how "us humans" are drawn to disasters, but it would be unfair to say we are all like that. While things can also be too positive and joyous to some, I will still take that any day over what we deem as evil.

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    I have different situations that will trigger a sudden response, but I do agree with you on how strong the feeling is.

    At work, there are certain days where the workload is triple-time and chaotic, and I can feel the tension and stress in the air just like I was smelling bacon on the stove.
    Within minutes, I'm feeling tense myself. After a short while, when I realize what sort of day everyone is having, I know where the sudden shock of tension is coming from.

    In the same vein, if I'm on a road trip, at work, or very close (for the day) to two people who have had a big fight about something, I quickly feel very, very uncomfortable trying to stay focused or relaxed around them.
    I know that it's usually an INFJ/conflict sort of thing, but I think most people share that one and have had one too many experiences with it.

    My mother had a very volatile personality (try to picture a mentos hanging 1/2" above a big glass of Coke while riding on a boat), and I walked on eggshells around her all of the while I was growing up. So, I have to believe that a lot of the sudden sensitivity to the two above examples come directly from her, and the little voice inside me saying each time, "Please, not this again . . ."

    The other trigger (that I can think of offhand) is from flipping through the channels looking for a show to watch.
    If I have Animal Planet on, and I'm seeing a show where the dogs and cats are at the vet being treated for trauma or injury, it takes me all of eight seconds before I have to leap for the remote and get it off of the TV.
    I can handle a medical show and all of the same sort, but not to seeing someone's pet in that kind of distress.
    Never. Ever.
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    Confrontation sometimes makes my heart pound and causes me to physically shake. I am an empath, so seeing/hearing about something very sad, reading about animal cruelty etc, can make tears come to my eyes immediately. I don't like wearing my heart, so to speak, on my sleeve, but I quite literally can't help it sometimes!
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    I think having a physical reaction is something almost everybody does in response to certain emotions, although the strength of the reaction varies between individuals. Someone more cool-headed or laid-back probably won't react that much in a stressful situation than someone like... well, me. Although, a "stressful situation" could mean anything. The OP found a tour stressful, while someone else might not see it in the same way, and instead find black toilet seats stressful. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: having physical reactions to emotion is normal, however, the types of reactions, the strength in them, and what emotions trigger them will vary between people.

    Me personally? I cry during sad parts of films. (Toy Story 3 made me cry twice. O.o) When people tell me sad stories about something bad that happened to them, sometimes a lump forms in my throat like I'm about to cry because I can just feel that they're sad. Sometimes when someone else embarrasses themselves I feel embarrassed too... I can't watch "cringe videos" because of that.

    One of the more extreme reactions I've had to emotion was when there was a tornado warning at my college, so everyone had to go to secure locations. Tornado warnings happen all the time, so I wasn't put off by it. Then this woman comes in with her boyfriend, panting, eyes bulging, and soaking wet. I could smell the sweat off of her, and it honestly looked like she'd just seen a ghost. I asked her if she was okay and she said she was fine. But hell, seeing her like that sent me into a panic attack. I couldn't stop shaking or keep my thoughts from zipping around everywhere frantically. And on top of all of that, it seemed like I was the only one who noticed them... everyone else's face was buried into their smart phone. Pretty atypical, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayRain View Post
    I am an empath, so seeing/hearing about something very sad, reading about animal cruelty etc, can make tears come to my eyes immediately. I don't like wearing my heart, so to speak, on my sleeve, but I quite literally can't help it sometimes!
    This is definitely a lot like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paragonight View Post
    An interesting question which I guess one could also accompany with this extra question "Do you react the same way, when you are watching a movie".
    That definitely is a dividing line! While I do feel some emotional connection to movies, it's nowhere near as intense. And it's a much more controllable feeling. I can bite back reactions if I'm with a group.
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    The same emotions that were mentioned in OP apply to me, but I want to add in humiliation as well. I tend to unravel the most when I'm witnessing others suffering from said emotions, but not so much when I'm experiencing them myself. Nausea erupts within me and it can become a bit difficult to control because you want to help, but sometimes you can't exactly because you'd be overstepping boundaries. It's one thing when I'm experiencing these myself and quite another to see others going through them.

    When it comes to reading the news or watching movies, the intensity is much less because contemplation immediately takes over. The last movie I saw that really stirred my emotions was "Flowers of War." It's based on true events of Nanking during WWII, and I've also read the book, The Rape of Nanking. Overwhelming disgust, contempt, sadness, disappointment were all storming inside of me, but it was definitely easier to control, and I was able to contemplate about the subject matter. It depicted mankind at his worst, but also at his greatest. It's always during the darkest and bleakest times when light shines the brightest.

    To sum things up, any intense negative emotions will get a visceral reaction from me. (Witnessing pure joy radiating from someone lifts me internally a lot, but doesn't warrant as strong reactions from me, save for maybe a brilliant smile, lol)
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    Great thread…because I think many people struggle with emotions and the first step in dealing with them is being aware of them.
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    Sometimes when I'm very angry and frustrated I get some kind of intense enegry in my arms that's very hard/painful to hold. Usually hitting something helps. When I was younger I sometimes had to move heavy objects to release the energy. Running or something usually helps, too. I guess it's just that I hold back anger (or generally my emotions?) too much and they just want to get out. :P

    Also, when I'm very bored + lonely or feeling bad for a longer period of time my body kinda shuts down. It's hard to get up the stairs and stuff like that. It's usually fixed by just doing something though.

    I'm generally not the most talkactive person, but when I'm feeling very bad because of something (usually jealousy, disappointment or fear of being overwhelmed) I can't really talk anymore. I'm just stuck inside of me.
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    I used to have digestion issues associated with nerves, (Run to the bathroom a solid five times before anything majorly anxiety ridden) but I fought hard against it and won for the most part. Every so often if my surroundings are anxious I will pick up on it and get stomach pains.

    My INTP friend made me aware that I comically lean forward when interested in a conversation, as I bend inward a solid 45 degrees awaiting a response and analyzing the face of my dialogue partner.

    If I am awkward, I will arch myself backward a few degrees whilst bending my knees, almost like a blade of grass blowing in the wind. I don't know why I do that, lol.

    If I am sad or upset, I will probably physically pull back an inch upon hearing something, and I won't make as much eye contact as I normally would.

    I accentuate a large amount of my emotional responses with friends if I am goofing around, I enjoy humoring them with over the top facial/physical reactions.
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