“I feel” vs. “I am”

Many of us who have had even a brief introduction to meditation, secular or especially related to Buddhism, have also heard the concept of separating what one feels from who one is: “I am happy/angry/sad,” versus “I feel happy/angry/sad.” It always seemed somewhat woo-woo to me, even though I had experienced it for myself. Today, though, a potential reason struck me; I want to explain as best I can with my limited knowledge of psychology. Warning: armchair psychology ahead – for discussion purposes only.

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