Like Justitia who is often depicted holding a set of scales typically suspended from her left hand, human beings are a dynamic combination of biological, psychological and sociological (bio-psycho-social) factors whose healthy emotional and physical existence depends on balance. If more weight is given to any one side of the scale, imbalance on all sides will likely occur.
Our ever-increasing knowledge of genetics, the growing authority of neuropsychology over general psychology and the immense insight we now possess regarding neuroanatomy is helping to make clear the influence of human biology over human emotion. But even these advances in the hard the sciences are not enough to provide us with a definitive explanation for our emotional complexity. Social phenomenon, learning and repetition each play an important role in our emotional lives, making us much less biologically fixed-in-place than pure science alone would have us believe.
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