Balancing the Emotional and the Rational (a thought for makers)

How can makers and creators strike a balance between their emotional impulses and rational decision-making? As individuals who are driven by passion and creativity, it can be challenging to navigate the delicate dance between emotion and reason. However, it is crucial for maintaining a healthy and sustainable approach to their work. By finding a harmonious blend of the emotional and the rational, makers can ensure that their creations are not only innovative and impactful, but also sustainable and well thought-out. In this blog, we will explore the importance of balancing the emotional and the rational for makers and offer practical tips for achieving this balance.

Balancing the Emotional and the Rational

We tend to create this false dichotomy when it comes to the way that we think about human beings. You’ll hear lots of people say something like there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who make their decisions emotionally and those who make their decisions rationally. Many personality tests like The Myers-Briggs type indicator, for example, don’t really help the problem either because they broadly speaking split the world into either thinking or feeling types which just reinforces this dualistic notion. But I think we make a big mistake when we put ourselves squarely in one box or the other. The truth we already know is that we’re all a mix of thinking and feeling. But I think the trick is to find balance between the two, and artists especially have to walk a very interesting line between their intellect and their emotions in order to make things.

Balance is Key

Too much thinking-based work could see us playing it too safe and losing the substance and depth in what we’re trying to say. On the other side, too much feeling-based work could see us being inconsistent and quite self-indulgent, just creating a confusing mess. All human beings think and we all feel. But if we want to be better-integrated individuals and better-rounded artists then the trick is to work out which side we operate in more intuitively and then spend some more energy on the other side where we’re weaker to build ourselves up there and balance ourselves out.

The Rational Side

This is actually the part that I’m good at. My personality type definitely leans more towards that rational side and it helps me in a number of ways. Firstly, it makes me more consistent and disciplined with the things that I make. Building in more structure into the things that you make doesn’t rob it of any life or depth. I think that a rational approach to when and how we make can only help. I think it’s our rational side that really helps us with our motivation. If we only made things when we felt like it, we would all make half as often. But it’s a mistake to hitch our motivation to our ever-changing emotions. Inspiration doesn’t come from a feeling, but from working and making, even on days when you don’t feel like it. You’ve made some of your best creations on days when you weren’t feeling it but forced yourself to start making.

Using Rationality to Build Skills

It’s our rational mind that will also help us to come up with a plan to keep developing our skills. Building the right skill set to make the kind of work that we want to make requires asking the right questions, seeking the right answers, and creating a whole toolbox of skills. It’s also our rational minds that help us give direction to our work beyond the visuals, to give ourselves projects and work on themes with a targeted message in mind instead of feeling things out and ending up with a confusing mess.

The Feeling Side

Instead of making a bunch of rational points about feelings, I’d like to share a story that illustrates the importance of integrating our emotional side into our work. Of all the jobs I’ve done in my adult life, there was one that was especially fulfilling. When I was studying at the Seminary, I picked up a part-time job as an aftercare teacher at a local primary school. One of the boys in my class was going through a rough time at home, and we would often sit and talk about anything that came to mind. I felt powerless to help him, but happy to be there for him in whatever ways he needed. This experience taught me the power of using our emotional sides to connect with others and create meaning through our work.

FAQ: Balancing the Emotional and the Rational (a thought for makers)

Q: Why is it important to balance emotions and rational thinking?

A: Balancing emotions and rational thinking allows makers to make well-informed decisions while also considering the impact of their choices on others and themselves.

Q: How can makers achieve this balance?

A: Makers can achieve this balance by taking a step back to assess their emotions before making decisions, seeking input from others, and considering the long-term implications of their choices.

Q: What are the benefits of balancing emotions and rational thinking?

A: The benefits include better decision-making, improved relationships with others, and a greater sense of personal fulfillment and well-being.

Q: Is it possible to overemphasize one over the other?

A: Yes, overemphasizing emotions can lead to impulsive decisions, while overemphasizing rational thinking can lead to an inability to connect with others on an emotional level.

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