About the Front Cover
What does the artwork on the front cover mean?
The figure used on the front cover was developed with the idea of supporting the core message in the book, the universal biological reality of human emotions.
Universal Yet Unique body with brain
The generic figure was used due to our universal common blueprint. We humans are all 99.9 percent identical in our genetic makeup (DNA). This means all people share the same physical needs including food, water, and a safe place to sleep. None of us asked to be born. We will all die. Nobody is perfect. We are all one human family living on Planet Earth.
And at the same time there are strong prevailing influences setting up unique individual elements giving each of us a one-of-a-kind distinctive body with brain.
- Genetic Code: 0.1 percent of genetics not shared. This 0.1 percent genetic makeup is distinctive enough to be used as evidence in a court of law to establish an individual’s presence or absence at a crime scene.
- Epigenetics: specific environment influences on gene expression
- Brain Plasticity: connection between neurons strengthen or weaken
Arrow and Star symbols
Arrow and Star symbols are used to suggest an INPUT, as in a cue, signal, activator, or trigger. The input is unconsciously assessed activating a natural biological response to an external challenge or internal thought experienced as part of meeting the demands of daily living. The response is the start to an emotional state.
The External Event of a storm cloud.
The figure is dealing with an external event in the form of a storm cloud suggesting it could either be a threat or opportunity. The figure’s mouth is in a neutral position in the moment before recognizing the external event as a:
- Threat – Bad, severe weather ranging from a raging blizzard, tornado, or the destructive forces of a hurricane
- Opportunity – Good, gentle overnight rain giving a half inch of moisture.
The absence of such a storm cloud can mean days and days of nice weather with no moisture also known as a drought, setting up wild fires.
The Symbol of a Heart
Heartache is a word poets, songwriters, and others use to express the emotions of missing another person.
We like to believe there is some separation of the subjective emotional heart from the objective, thinking head. But in reality, our brain unconsciously and seamlessly blends what is in our thinking head with what is in our emotional heart.
The symbol of the heart is also to represent the internal organs supported by the 10th cranial nerve. The Vagus nerve is the longest of the twelve cranial nerves extending from the brain stem into the chest and onto the abdomen. The Vagus nerve supports swallowing, muscles of the vocal cords, heart rate, breathing, and functions of the gut. It is a component of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest). The Vagus nerve needs to be relaxed for us to let our guard down and engage socially. The myelinated vagus actively inhibits the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) influence on the heart and dampens hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis activity.
Positive and Negative Emotions
The universal body of the generic figure is split into two sections to symbolize how there is a physical, biological separation of positive and negative emotions. As observed in the Prefrontal Cortex of the human brain
- The right side supports Negative emotions which are more intense.
- The left side supports Positive emotions which are more frequent
When we consider the inevitable flow of conflict into an active dispute, a deeper review will quickly find human emotions as part of the core interests for the stakeholders involved. All of this suggests the value of learning more about emotion’s role in conflict in order to help improve our ability to navigate these foreseeable challenges.
Emotions are natural biological processes impacting our focus, memory, behaviors, and choices.
- The book offers a practical guide to learning more about the complex science of human emotions.
- Over 350 years of scientific biological research has clearly demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that
(1) all mental functions come from the brain, and
(2) emotions are a core element needed for decision making.
Thus, all conflict starts and ends in the brain, driven by emotions.
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