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can we make decisions completely divorced from emotions

sushi

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Based on my observation, human beings usually make decisions and judgements influenced by emotions, impulse, and subconscious. Its almost instintual

we dont make the best choices for ourselves or others when under such influences.
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no matter how logical i claim to be or my prefrontal cortex is, i cannot completely seperate emotions and bias from decision making. I am not saying i want to aspire to be spock, but i think that sometimes we often make decisions asnd preferences with emotions (limbic) than with prefrontal cortex not.

Like if i dont like some X person based on first impression without knowing or understanding his character more deeply, its already an emotionally driven judgement/decison (digust). I am pretty sure its same for most other people I have encountered.

With sufficient training, you can train yourself to not react and make decisions/judgements immediately. Learn to wait things out before jump. This reduces the influence of emotions on your behavior and choice. Its like a form of procrastination that allow me to process and think things through before taking a leap. But the emotion demon is still there.
 

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I don't think its possible to be truly emotionless, there needs to be some kind of bias to the decision making process or else we wouldn't make decisions or do anything really. A perfectly rational being would (devoid of pain) simply stop breathing and expire, not out of any particular desire to die rather without any desire at all it would cooly evaluate its situation, see the futility of it, and take what it sees as the most expedient course of action to the inevitable resolution. Or maybe just sit there catatonic until it expires naturally due to being neutral about efficiency.

I think what you're talking about is the ability to control one's emotions and I think that is a skill that we can learn.
 

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You can certainly feel like that in many cases. In those cases, you are, in fact, technically being emotionless while taking your decisions but then there are cognitive biases involved. I think it is moot to discuss if cognitive biases are always emotion-based or not.

eg. Entering a train and automatically turning left and picking a seat. Why? The right-hander's brain is left-side biased.
 

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Its more like the ability to switch it on and off, especially emotions and mood. and better at controlling it

when my mood is crap over some bad news or events, i lack the ability to get motivated and make optimal decisons

the best example of emotional self-sabotage and not rational enough is in investing, the fear and greed roller coaster ride. Also when frightened and paralyzed , you are less likely to survive being in a war.
 

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The only way you can dampen emotions is by dampening all of them, which is a symptom of depression, which chronically can turn into dementia.

Emotions are there to guide you over what you should do. If we don't manage them correctly they can make our position worse. Victim narrative is strong in me too, but semantic thoughts are just following the underlying emotional patterns we've been going through our whole lives.

Being able to shrug off negative information and dedicating yourself to information that is relevant and that you can actually control is hard. Look into emotion regulation therapy, honestly the fact that a lot of these practices aren't commonly promoted is really discouraging. It all get shoved in with mindfulness and productivity enhancement that someone can sell.
 
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