Core Emotional Energy: Labeling the Negativity-Positivity Spectrum (2)

Titlepic: Labeling the Negativity-Positivity Spectrum (Part 2)

This blog post is a continuation of yesterday’s post, introducing the concept of an individual’s Core Emotional Energy (CEE). I am here touching on “linguistic usage” and “levels” of CEE to further lay out the landscape around Core Emotional Energy.

KEYWORDS: beliefs, core emotional energy, emotional state, feelings, mood, negativity-positivity spectrum, personality assessment, positive psychology, thoughts.



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Today’s blog post is the second post in this mini-series of blog posts on Core Emotional Energy (CEE). As you may remember from yesterday’s post, I was talking about “levels” of Core Emotional Energy, and also about the “linguistic use” of this term.

Today I am going to continue talking about these two things. But before I do that, I will start to talk about some aspects of the overarching idea of Core Emotional Energy.

What Is Core Emotional Energy?

My stance is this: “Core Emotional Energy” is a term that represents the energy emission that we all radiate or emit, as living beings. It’s our “vibe”, so to speak. So we are generators of energy. For example, we are constantly emitting heat from our bodies, because the body and its cells are geared at energy production. The cells use ATP as the energy “currency” for its never-ending energy production.

So we are talking about emission of waves of energy. And that energy is not only in the infrared spectrum (which has a lower frequency, and higher wavelength, than what the visible color of “red” has); it’s also in other frequencies and wavelengths.

What I’m saying, then, is that we, as living beings, generate many different frequencies and wavelengths. We are emitters, producers, or generators of infrared radiation, sound waves, motion waves, thought waves, etc. And “Core Emotional Energy” is the combination or aggregation of all of these electromagnetic energy pulses.

Why ‘Core’ Emotional Energy?

At this point some readers may think that the word “core” sounds strange. Why “core”, as opposed to, say, “combined”, or “aggregate”, or “total”, etc.?

First of all, I do want to point out that the term “Core Emotional Energy” is a tentative thing. Even though I do like it, it ;may be subject to change later on, if I find a good enough reason to do so. Thus, it is a “work in progress”, so to speak.

One reason I chose the word “core” instead of, say, “total”, is because I believe the most important part of our true selves lies hidden under our “masque” or immediate facial and bodily human interface.

The analogy may be made with a computer and its screen (interface). The appearance of the images on the screen is a result of an almost unbelievable amount of computations and calculations and processing, etc. And most of this processing, and generation of different frequencies and wavelengths, takes place not in the hardware of the screen, but in the hardware of the computer and in its graphic card, etc.

The idea here is that a computer screen is merely the visualization of the totality of “vibes” inside the computer. So the electric “vibes” inside the computer hardware generate the images on the display. The display is the output unit, displaying something coming from the CPU and GPU, etc. The display thus only shows a representation of the “content” of what’s happening inside the computer.

Similarly, most of the real “action” in terms of emotions, is happening not on our display (our face, our body language), but somewhere else (“inside” of us, we could say). Thus, when we are “communicating”, we are only “visualizing” what’s inside of us. So this is why I think “core” is a reasonable choice, at least to start with. The word “core” signals (to me, at least) that it (whatever “it” is referring to) is NOT superficial.

CEE: As Wavelength or Frequency? (A)

As I see it, all of us have Core Emotional Energy radiating from us at every point in time and space. It is made up of an incredible amount of vibrations that form a unique “fingerprint” of our current emotional state of affairs.

The question that I am now facing is this: if we accept the idea that we are “emitters of energy”, how shall we quantify it? I mean, we are talking about energy as “electromagnetic radiation”. So should we talk about wavelength or frequency? What, exactly, is at stake here?

Negativity and Positivity As Endpoints

The “issue” I am referring to is “ease of explanation”, in terms of which terms we choose. I am a fan of trying to avoid counter-intuitive explanations.

The underlying premise here is that we, as humans, are “emotional travelers”. And that we right now are somewhere in between “negativity” and “positivity”. So the crucial point is then that we then can move in between these two endpoints. We can move in the direction of negativity, or, we can move in the direction of positivity. Thus, we have emotional mobility.

If we accept that we do have emotional mobility, a natural question to ask would be: If we have emotional mobility, which way is the best to go, if I, at all, can go? Here then I would simply say, for now, that the best way to go is to go towards “positivity”.

Since “positivity” is the recommended direction, “positivity” is here then thought to be “an improvement” (in well-being, happiness, and flow), while “negativity” is thought of as “not an improvement” or even “a worsening” (of one’s well-being, happiness, and flow).

CEE: As Wavelength or Frequency? (2)

So now back to our question about Core Emotional Energy: should we talk about it as a wavelength or as a frequency?

What we want to do, I think, is to correlate “improvement” (increased well-being) with the “improvement” or “increased” quality of something else. What is that “something else”?

Well, we have two choices: wavelength or frequency. From a “physicalist” standpoint, whenever we are talking about electromagnetic energy and radiation, any particular wave can be described just as well with the idea of “wavelength” as with the idea of “frequency”.

But the main difference between these two concepts is that they are, in a sense, “opposites”, in terms of mathematical calculation. So when we lower the frequency of a particular wave, we simultaneously raise its wavelength. And when we raise the frequency, we lower its wavelength.

The question now to ask is this: Is it an increased wavelength that produces an increased well-being? Or is it an increased frequency that produces an increased well-being?

Music and Pitch As an Intuitive Guide

Although yet another analogy doesn’t ultimately prove anything, I still think it may be useful to use our intuition to be able to prepare for a better explanation. So I propose that we can use the idea of musical “pitch” as a guide.

When we are talking about a certain piece of (orchestral, or multi-instrumental) music, we usually talk of it as having, on the one hand, “lower” sounds such as those coming from an upright (or electric) bass or cello, and, on the other, “higher” sounds, like those coming from piccolo flutes and violins.

So the question then, is this: Does the intuitive “low” and “high” sounds we hear from a musical instrument correspond to a “low” and “high” frequency or wavelength, when measured with some microphone and sound analyzer?

The answer is that sound waves are measured in Hertz (Hz), which is a frequency. It represents the “speed” of the sound’s vibration per second. A “low sound” (e.g., a sound coming from, say, a bass) may be in the range of 60-150 Hz, while a “high sound” (e.g., a sound coming from, say, a piccolo flute) may be around 800-1500 Hz.

CEE: As Wavelength or Frequency? (3)

Now using a similar concept to the “high” and “low” musical sounds that we just discussed, we can say that it is, for the moment at least, reasonable to adopt a system where we use frequency as an important component when describing Core Emotional Energy.

So when the frequency of our Core Emotional Energy increases, our well-being also increases. Conversely, when the frequency of our Core Emotional Energy decreases, our well-being also decreases.

And I think that we have this also intuitively in our language. We do talk about “up-beat” people with lots of energy. And we do separate them from those who are more “down” or depressed, who have very little enthusiasm and positive energy to offer.

This is all for today. I will be back tomorrow with a new blog post with more in this mini-series of blog posts on Core Emotional Energy.

Chris Bocay

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First published: Wed 1 Jan 2020
Last revised: Sun 10 Sep 2023

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