Here are my notes from the article:
+You are an architect of your experience, even in times when you feel buffeted by the world.
+“We are not victims of primitive, animalistic emotion circuits. Your brain actively constructs your emotional experiences, even those that feel out-of-control. If you understand the construction process, you can learn to influence it.”
+Here’s another myth: that cognition and emotion are separate in the brain, and the former regulates the latter. Back in the 1950s, Paul MacLean proposed a model of the brain with a reptilian core for appetites, such as hunger and sex, cloaked in a mammalian ‘limbic system’ for emotion, which itself is controlled by a cerebral cortex for rationality. This model, called the triune brain, is a fantasy.
+“If emotions are constructed from more basic ingredients, you can alter the ingredients and change your life. For example, you can make yourself more emotionally intelligent by learning more emotion words, giving your brain new concepts to predict with, so you can deal more flexibly with a broader range of situations. That kind of change is within your control“. I want to be clear that control does not mean overcoming a reflex reaction in the moment. By cultivating experiences to curate your concepts, including emotion concepts, you can tweak your brain’s automatic control of your future experiences and behaviors. In a literal, brain-wiring sense, the concepts you learn today influence your life tomorrow”
+If psychologists want more bang for their buck, they should start asking different questions. For starters, they should stop asking questions about emotion that begin with ‘where’, such as where is happiness located in humans, where is the fear circuit in a rat, and instead, ask ‘how’. How are instances of happiness and fear created?