Live at joy and move up and down the Emotions Staircase for brief periods of time to get the information the specific emotion is trying to move from your subconscious to your conscious mind so you can become aware of something and take appropriate action. Sometimes the goal is to pay attention and learn but take no immediate action. Rather, you file away the information and when you next encounter a similar situation you have more than one option to consider selecting in terms of actions and behaviors.
According to Candace B. Pert, PhD, a specific neuropeptide may be associated with each emotion so you can only experience one core emotion at a time. Think of your brain as containing your own personal Broadway stage. You are “on stage” every moment of your life. Only one actor or personal assistant (core emotion) can be with you on the stage at any given time. You can experience each emotion and receive the information it provides without emoting (e.g., giving expression to it, or taking any action, or exhibiting any behavior related to the emotion).