The myth that we have to ‘rise above’ emotion is corrosive. Where is emotion ‘kept’ such that we could disentangle from it?
Emotions are complex biochemical events triggered by and that trigger internal and external reactions. There’s some evidence that specific molecules regulate certain emotions – oxytocin with empathy, serotonin with happiness – although this is an emerging field and we really don’t know enough.
But its a long outdated idea that thoughts and feelings float around in space separate from the body – they are embodied within it.
Many psychologies, philosophies and spiritualities teach that emotion is inferior to reason, but this idea of pure reason is a myth. The fetishisation of reason creates damage because people waste energy trying not to think or feel as they do.
Being emotional doesn’t mean having unbridled outbursts. That’s childish. We can learn to control impulses and must to live respectfully amongst others.