"I feel it, therefore it must be true."

If we find ourselves justifying the "danger" of something innocuous because we’re afraid of it, then we’re likely engaging in 🎭 Emotional Reasoning. Things aren’t dangerous because we’re afraid of them and we’re not awful just because we may think we are.

This one is often hard to recognize. It takes some effort to recognize when your emotional mind is taking the logical reins.


I feel guilty, therefore I must have done something bad.

I feel scared, therefore this must be dangerous.

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🎭 Emotional Reasoning is common when were also 🔮 Fortune Telling. Frequently, we'll use our own emotions to justify our predictions.