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Do feelings cause thoughts or do thoughts cause feelings?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Even deeper
There are also behaviors and beliefs.
All are part of a person who has been shaped by both genetics and environment, and who is interacting with the world around them. Thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs all shape each other. "to be brave, act brave." modifying any one will modify the others -- you have some control here & a guide can help. Any simpler account of the mind will mislead you.

In brief: Even deeper
There are also behaviors and beliefs.
All are part of a person who has been shaped by both genetics and environment, and who is interacting with the world around them. Thoughts, feelings, behaviors and beliefs all shape each other. "to be brave, act brave." modifying any one will modify the others -- you have some control here & a guide can help. Any simpler account of the mind will mislead you.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Thought
Can be either way.

In brief: Thought
Can be either way.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Daniel Karlin
Each changes the other and both are driven by unconscious processes. Interestingly, our behaviors and actions also feedback into our thoughts and feelings.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) works on the premise that our micro-thoughts impact our emotions.
We are often quite unaware of the thoughts. By shaping thoughts, we can shape feelings. Cbt can be a highly effective form of treatment.

In brief: CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) works on the premise that our micro-thoughts impact our emotions.
We are often quite unaware of the thoughts. By shaping thoughts, we can shape feelings. Cbt can be a highly effective form of treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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