Written by 12:13 PM General interest

What has the heart to do with love?

Is the heart the source of emotion or is the brain? When we try to overcome grief does logic work?

Consider this:

A boy has been pining for a girl in his class.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the nerve to profess his love to her.  Several times, he approaches the girl, but his knees quake, and his mouth dries up.  All he can manage is a ‘hi,’ and that in a raspy voice. The school term is over, and she doesn’t show up the following year.

The boy is utterly heartbroken.

The wife is pregnant with their second child.  The husband strays and has an affair with another woman.  The wife is devasted, and she ends up having an abortion. 

The wife is utterly heartbroken.

So, what is the recurring theme here? Heartbreak. 

Heart and emotions

Now arises the question, why does everyone refer to the heart when there is a strong emotional loss or, for that matter, a great joy?  I grieve with all my heart, a heartful thanks for what you did for me; it’s with a heavy heart that I have to tell you this and so on.

The logical man stands up and says that all this is horse poop.  A brain is necessary to feel emotion.  A heart is a muscle mass responding to periodic electrical impulses that make it beat.   And many nodding heads give more credence to the statement.  Much sentimental baloney, right?

The ‘little brain’

And lo and behold, recent findings by Dr. Armour in 1991 discovered that the heart has its “little brain” or “intrinsic cardiac nervous system.” This “heart brain” is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31728781/

This is an extract of the article referred to.

Quote: Scientists have reported that pain is always created by the brain. This may not be entirely true. Pain is not only a sensory experience but also can be associated with emotional, cognitive, and social components. The heart is considered the source of emotions, desire, and wisdom. Therefore, the aim of this article was to review the available evidence about the role of the heart in pain modulation. End quote

At his point, the logical man has an egg on his face, a gooey duck egg at that.

Not only does the heart have its own brain, but it also acts independently. 

Personality changes after a heart transplant?

Not to be outdone, the logical man pipes up again.  “So, what happens when a heart is transplanted?” “Does the recipient exhibit the traits and desires of the owner?”

There is the case of Claire Sylvia, a professional dancer, who was the recipient of the heart of an eighteen-year-old boy who died in a motorcycle accident. After the transplant, Claire craved Kentucky Fried Chicken and beer.  The hallmarks of an eighteen-year-old.  The family didn’t pay much attention to this until when Claire started walking, she had the purposeful stride of a man.  That led to an investigation as to who the donor was. It usually is not easy to find the donor, but with the right amount of persuasive pressure, the secrecy was lifted, and the truth unfolded.

Reference: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/explorations-the-mind/202110/heart-transplants-personality-transplants

A layman’s point of view

Me no physician, but this leads me to think that if the heart feels and stores memories and emotions, there is a need to cure the ache in the heart and not just in the logical brain. 

  • Put another way, is the pain or the emotion in the heart, the subconsciousness that has been bandied about for so long?
  • Since the emotive heart is probably not in sync with the brain in the head most of the time, is there a way to sync the two?
  • Does music help?
  • If the brain and the heart are not in sync, do we live life in conflict always?
  • Would syncing be the way to attain a superconscious state?

I tried asking these questions to the logical man.  He just gave me a blank stare and walked away.


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