9.26.2015

Tangent Theory of Human Emotions – Part I

            Humans and emotions, one has the other continuously linked all throughout life.  As a baby, we cry as an expression of what we need, sometimes it’s a clean diaper, others, it’s just to be held or cuddled as part of a strong bonding.  Each day as we live, we experience a vast array of them, from joy to being bummed out, for some it’s from being bummed out to very sad, but in each of us, a daily feeling we cannot explain happens, yet we know it when we experience it.  One day, while you are eating breakfast, something happens to “intercept” you, it triggers a response, if it’s a reminder call, we give extra thought to it, if it’s bad news, we sit down and go into all sorts of modes, if it’s good news, we grab someone and give em a high five or elate by a joyous cheer and from those points, goes the majority of our day, even if we are “tough skinned”, it still affects what we do for the rest of the day and can affect us with an instantaneous blow as well as one that stews and builds over time until the event has ran its course, then of course it’s business as usual.  Emotions can be troublesome, we see someone’s outward grief, we feel some sorrow or apathy for them, and they can also be fun to watch, your favorite athlete winning a game that was close, the rush of the excitement, good stuff.  Psychologists across the globe deal with persons everyday with emotional problems, this article hopes to explore and bring a graph representation that I hope will serve as a tool to understanding and healing or maybe even predictability and be used as a base line theory, in any scenario, may it serve to better us all.
            Tangent theory of Human Emotion, was developed by me, the author of this series of articles, Scott Hall, over several years of just interacting with people, watching how they react, seeing what makes them smile, or when they elate a sound that shows they are upset, basically listening to them rant or doing my best to give them sound advice if I am able. I have used social media platforms, blogs, day to day activities and my own family as my data base, gathering notes and noting reactions along the way; I am in no way a doctor of psychology, my background is both collegiate and hands on experience with and in: Engineering, Public Safety and Justice Administration, Business, Safety Standards and EPA as well as several classes similar to “PSYCH 101” in those same fields, my own insights and philosophies applied, once I put this together, I took a step back and went, well, now that is interesting to say the least. In this part of this series, I will start by showing the basics of the theory and in each series, will expand on the base so we can all easily understand how this theory applies to us all and maybe open the eyes of those in the professional fields to food for thought.
THE BASICS
            In electronics and computing, the term “BASIC” symbolizes the acronym, “Beginners All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code” and this also applies to the human population in general, among the first things we learn to do is walk, talk, eat and interact with our environments, while learning from our parents and environments, right from wrong and in the earliest stages of life we show it with emotions, we could reassign the acronym to mean Babbling, Acquiring, Sleeping, Interacting and Crying as babies.  Parents in this situation would be the Hard Drive where all the data for success happens to be stored and new born babies are the fresh CPU that just got installed in your computer, it’s going to work, it’s just going to need some data to program it correctly.  Science knows about energy all too well, we manipulate it in various ways to gain an outcome conducive to our lives which helps along in our “day to day”; In electronics, the voltage in your home, the wireless signals in your house and even the sounds you hear coming from the ear buds you might wear, all have an associated frequency, that when mathematically calculated (which I will spare you the 10 page explanation) or looked at by a device known as an Oscilloscope, would look much like a sine wave, by the way, the inverse of frequency is time, frequency is usually expressed in Hertz, (See Figure 1) and those who have divulged their mathematical insights into Trigonometry, know that sine has an opposite wave of equal value known as “cosine” and that also by math, we can gain knowledge of “Tangent” which helps us with certain graph plots and such (also shown in Figure 1).  While the Tangent line isn’t exact as to mathematical expression by this display (it’s actually a bit more elongated), the position is critical in application to our theory as it will serve as our incoming interaction data and will serve to show our human capabilities.

            Now that all of this has been said and shown, and before we go any further, it is important to note that a gentleman named Marconi helped to form the communications of the world and that AM radio still exists and if one were to look at that radio signal on the same Oscilloscope (Figure 2), we would see both sine wave and cosine wave filled in with noise and information riding along it’s crests and a “invisible” zero reference line that goes along each side of the carrier wave of information (this is what is transmitted through the air) on the zero line in our first example a bit later on in this article, literally in our theory it is considered a normal day with little or no impacts.  In Tangent theory, we look at our everyday lives (Figure 3) and the Tangent line from Figure 1, to show how disruptions affect our day depending on what crest it “lands” on.  Sounds a bit complex, but this is the human emotion we are talking about and it deserves some deep, critical, complex thought.   Note: Figure 2 shows only the basics in an AM broadcast signal and what it will look close to when displayed on an Oscilloscope, this signal, when it gets to your receiver (stereo or even television) goes through an Antenna, then a “tuner” (cleans up all the noise and unused information), then an amplifier and finally to your speakers / TV for you to enjoy, again, I will spare you the pages and pages of electronic theory that accompany it, but we should now have a pretty good idea of what sine, cosine, tangent and an poorly drawn AM radio broadcast signal look like and that Tangent Theory of Human Emotion will use these graphics to demonstrate how interruptions in our day to day trigger specific responses, this should be only considered a base line theory, of course no two people will be the same, but in this, each person should be able to draw their own and compare notes easily
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            In our example (Figure 3) our Tangent line is literally between the two “humps”, in this example, our day has no impact upon it, we got up, we ate breakfast, got ready, had an average day at work or play and then came home did our thing and went back to bed.  This kind of day happens more often than not, we may not notice it much, that’s because the majority of us have things to do, for kids, its play time, for young adults it’s all about socializing and good times, for adults its work and make a life out of one’s living and so on.  Inside the example of Figure 3, we see a line where a day starts out positive, one for negative, an area for day to day activities, an information segment and a disruption line, which I will explain further as these items will help us grasp the scope of how they may fit in our own lives.

            Breaking the information down into simpler terms, let’s look at the grey area (scribble line in the envelope) in Figure 3, everyday activities; A long list of items isn’t necessary to describe this section, in fact, if we give some thought to it, we will find there are more to everyday things than just getting dressed, bathing or prepping oneself for the day ahead, it could include your usually coffee stop along the way to work or even possibly being able to just take a moment to sit on your porch while you look over the horizon at a beautiful sunset, as we can see, the everyday stuff peaks and narrows within the envelope, we can examine this as when we are at our busiest and don’t notice time passing to when we are bored, tired or otherwise slowing down while our day either starts off or ends.  The black and orange lines (that make up the envelope) in our example, are real scenarios where we have those days we wake up and are in a good mood, happy and ready to go or not looking forward to having to go to work or a particular destination cause you don’t want to all the way to being overwhelmed by the thought of it (reference to the peaks of the day).  The red segment (little scribble line on the envelope), is information, such as the first phone call of the day or how do you do, or maybe it could be you finding out the report you sent didn’t get sent cause the server crashed about the time you pushed send, maybe it’s a interaction with someone you know or hearing a good joke or seeing a news story, in any case, it is the things that our senses use, sight, hearing, sound but not touch or taste to a degree.  Finally, the Blue tangent line, good old disruptor, which represents in part, more information from someone or an event or item that changes our day or outlook or mood. For example, your son in law and daughter are getting married, sometimes news like this gets us all excited and giggly making us elate joy or happiness, sometimes, depending on who the person is or how the parents feel, this could become serious or discerning, note the variances here as our tangent line, being elongated somewhat also have a positive side and a negative side, which is crucial in our disruption line’s interaction with the envelope itself, as our series develops along, more examples will be shown as to what happens to the envelope as a result of the disruptor line and later on how the everyday activity and information will play a role in understanding more about human emotions.

            To recap this first part, we know that our body’s have loads of emotional energy as well as the concepts of energy in our worlds.  We have learned about how those same energies may look on a graph or a device and how they come together to help us in our everyday lives as well as the comparisons to emotions using these same graphics.  We have learned about disruptions, information and interaction and basically, we humans carry on daily sometimes without a second thought, sometimes even time is irrelevant.  We know as humans upon this planet, many things happen that can potentially change our lives and sometimes we even question, “Why” or “How could I have handled that better”, I am hoping in this part, a basic understanding of how we may operate has been established and if I can help answer any questions, feel free to email me at the address listed at the top of this article, who knows, maybe your own input into this equation may help change how we deal with emotional responses, see you in part II, Scott.  

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