Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Emotions create decisions

Sometimes in the cacophony of blog noise, there’s a gem like this post from Caterina:

People whose brains are damaged in their emotional centres are not only unable to express joy or sadness, they are unable to make decisions and they are unable to choose. Because you make decisions based on what you would like, what you fear would happen if you chose to do another thing instead, what you fear would happen if you don’t do this particular thing in time, or what you desire the outcome to be.

I can’t tell you how many emotionally broken men I’ve befriended, worked for, or have known in my life (fortunately not many currently). I’ve often wondered if I was too emotional for my own good, but I’m not. In fact, being in touch with your emotions is a prerequisite for any designer. After all, what’s design about if not anticipating the way your work makes people feel?

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