As for most of our DNA design we are not perfect we age and die we have vestigial components like our troublesome and largely useless appendix we also have imperfections in the area of emotions:
since, for example positive emotions are designed to look for us like pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, but they are always retreating into the future, to keep us on the path of helping DNA survival ...eternally
while in our mortal lives our own plight is exactly the opposite nothing eternal there just "fretting and strutting our hour on the stage", (Shakespeare, MacBeth) no wonder we struggle with emotions they are phantasms dancing endlessly with us and drawing us onwards all our interactions, inside our own selves, and with the outside world and others, are colored purely by emotions their purpose is DNA survival which is for each one of us individuals in some ways as useless and troublesome as having an appendix but we don't have the ability to remove emotions and if we did we would simply lose absolutely all motivation
the reason that emotions are a problem is exactly because they are designed for DNA survival
therefore to to be effective they have to command us With greater authority than our cortex but since our cortex is very smart emotions have to command us in a very smart way They do this by being: relentless utterly versatile so that they can adapt to all circumstances thus they can be acute or chronic they can be sudden or slowly developing they can be intense and gross or they can be subtle , undetected they can, and do camouflage and conceal themselves They keep us confused by despotic degrees of allure and fear By endless craving and cringing and very importantly by not letting our cortex understand what emotions are and why they are.
so when we have episodes of difficult emotions we tend to want to forget them and so we don't think much about why they are.
our emotions are so smartly designed that they enlist our cortex to help with their disguise thus our anger in any circumstance is immediately given an external trigger as it's cause which tricks us into not seeing behind the outward trigger and so we are not looking at the amygdala as it fires up and we are not seeing that this process of anger is from primordial neural network programmes and that it dominates us and our situation we only see the trigger that our amygdala decided to respond to which we thought we were responding to with our cortex but really it was our amygdala that chose the response our cortex doesn't make the decision to get angry our amygdala does but we always see it as a cortex decision "he insulted me, so I got angry "...
...no ... a stimulus is presented by the cortex which acts like an obedient slave the slave then hands the stimulus on a platter to the amygdala which then releases its own venom or honey depending on its state but we thought all along that our cortex "me,us" was making the decisions no it was the amygdala calling the shots
to summarize these problems: They occur in or due to the following areas
poor communication between cortex and amygdala conflict between different goals of amygdala the cortex's inability to respond properly to emotions the cortex's inability to respond properly to other peoples emotions our tendency to rush blindly to goals set by emotion how happiness appears always somewhat elusive and temporary so we always feel it as a temporary experience