What is Feeling?
Feeling is not just an ethical process, but also an aesthetical process. To be a feeler is equally to think about what is beautiful as it is about what is good or bad. This is related to a network in the brain called the storytelling network. The storytelling network is associated with aesthetical judgement as well as the ability to think about your life, your past experiences, and your experiences to come. Feeling is also related to daydreaming, where your mind wanders freely and where you have free-flow associations.
Feeling is related to storytelling in that feeling weaves and makes you experience life as a tale to be lived. As a feeler, you think of yourself like a character in a movie. The goal of a feeler can be described as beauty, goodness, kindness, benevolence, love, connection, loyalty, allegiance.
Feelers need purity
Another way to describe what a feeler wants is “purity” – ethical consistency. Purity is for a good person good deeds. Purity is for a punk rocker punk rock music. And purity is equally about what we don’t like. A person who identifies as a good person would not want to identify with behavior it believes is bad. A punk rocker might have an aversion to mainstream music.
What we find beautiful depends on what we feel about ourselves. Who am I? That is a core question if you want to know how to feel about the world. What feelers believe about themselves and others impact what they feel about themselves and others. It’s important as a feeling type to be aware of what you believe about yourself and others and how that affects them, for good and bad.
The research done on the storytelling network – also called the default-mode network, done in neuroscience, has a lot to tell us about how the human mind works. We can’t wait to share more with you.