449 Thinking is unpleasant

Thinking is difficult

“Thinking is unpleasant, that is why most people judge”, C. G. Jung. Thinking is indeed more unpleasant than judging. Thinking also takes longer than judging. However, this is true for all people, thus Jung’s reason for frequent judging is to be discussed.

Judging is brought about effortlessly in less than 350 milliseconds by the emotion system with emotive logic as an evaluation process.

However, judging can subsequently also be executed in thought cycles with emotive-cognitive logic. Then judging is also unpleasant, feeling exhausting and can take from 550 milliseconds to several days, weeks and years.

Without this knowledge the discussion about judging and deciding remains arbitrary, polarizing, educational, dogmatic and pointless.

The saying of C. G. Jung is easily misused without this insight for one’s own self-aggrandizement and discrimination of others.

Emotive Logic
Figure 1: Emotive Logic

The reverse conclusion, less judging and more time for thinking would lead to a better understanding or we would create a peaceful world, is unfortunately not applicable.

Somehow the quote of C. G. Jung suggests this illusion, because humans feel and think in polarities. However, the human decision-making process and the feeling associated with it is not subject to this polarity.

We judge or during the processing of the human decision process we always evaluate emotively before this emotive evaluation in our thoughts enters the creation process as an emotive-cognitive world view.

Thus, by thinking more, we come to a more free judgment only conditionally, because the thought cycles with certain arousal and the action of our neural emotive programs (emotions) become more “unfree” rather than free.

Paradoxically, the solution and the way to free and peaceful thoughts is to consciously recognize, accept and reshape the already emotively formed judgment with regulated arousal.

German article about “Emotive-intuitive-cognitive intelligence“.



May 2021, Richard Graf & Elsa Graf

“Use Decision-Making Management (DMM) aligned at the Inseparability of emotions, intuition and Cognition (KiE)”, Richard Graf.