Architecture of an Emotion

Hello Good People,

I have no academic qualifications in the area of affective neuroscience, but I do have a burning passion and intense curiosity for the study of emotions. I consider it an honor an privilege to be a part of this group. I have learned a great deal from you, and I look forward to continuing our exploration.

As an architect and computer scientist, I have developed an ideology I loosely refer to as How to Define an Idea. Ideainformatics is an eclectic mix of structuralism, objectivism, and object-oriented programming concepts. I mention this to give you some background on how I distinguish between a concept, a percept and an existent.

I am hoping that by sharing these rough initial notes for a paper I call Architecture of an Emotion, I might in the early stages, benefit from picking your formidable brains.

In my mind, Emotion == Affect + Cognition. I want to highlight what I see as a fundamental distinction between raw feeling (affect) and an affective state such as emotion.

My objectives for this paper are as follows:

  1. Distinguish between emotion as existent, percept and concept.
  2. Illustrate the metamorphosis of the affective state from the initial subconsciously generated affect through to the consciously constructed emotion.
  3. Highlight the role of critical thinking in arbitrating the construction of emotion before it manifests as a behavioral response.

I have already written a good chunk of the proposed paper. If there is sufficient engagement in this initial post, I would most certainly share more. Feel free to edit this document, and your own thoughts.

Warmest Regards, and I hope you are all having a phenomenal weekend.


I am an architect, technologist, and innovator and have worked with some of the largest companies in the world including the IMF, US Federal Government and some of the top 5 consulting companies. If you like what you have read, you can follow me on Medium for more great content. You can also sign up for my newsletter or contact me by email, Linkedin or Twitter.

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