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Overview: Emotional influences often blind us to facts and evidence that should be obvious (e.g., the wise old truism “love is blind” is based on an experience
that almost everyone has fallen victim to at least once in their lives). Recognizing subjective influences in our own and other’s thinking is thus essential to
reasoning and to assessing arguments. Consider this example scenario:
You are offered a new job with a huge increase in pay. You are starting the job in two weeks, and will get your first paycheck two weeks
after that. You are very excited and your mind jumps to all the possibilities of how your life will change with this new opportunity. This
weekend you go out and buy a brand new SUV. The next day, after the excitement starts to come down, you find yourself with buyer’s
remorse, and worry about being able to afford the vehicle if the job offer somehow falls through.
In this situation, the excitement of the new job and pay potential hindered the thought process, potentially causing additional stress,
since you haven’t started the new job yet, or received the new paycheck to confirm that you are able to afford the increased payment
for the SUV. An option you could have considered is waiting until you started the job and received your first paycheck to determine if the
new car payment would fit into your budget.
In this scenario, the emotions created by the excitement of a new job and increase in pay resulted in an impact on this individual’s through process. In this
journal assignment, you will consider a time when emotion influenced a decision in your life.
Prompt: Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed in your journal assignment:
I. Emotional Influence: To begin your journal assignment, describe a time when emotion influenced a personal or professional decision in your life to
offer instructor some context.
A. Identify an instance where emotion influenced a decision. Be sure to provide details to present context to the situation.
B. Describe how this emotional influence on your thinking exerted a positive or negative influence.
C. Discuss whether this influence helped or hindered your thought process?
1. If it helped you think more clearly, how so?
2. If it hindered your thought process, what could you have done to make this emotional influence a more positive and helpful one?