Where did people get the idea that the heart can "generate" emotions, feelings, etc?

Answer from: Svetlana M.:
Higher technical education...

There was an ancient Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus. He was, on the whole, no fool, and he studied the interaction of nature and man, so in a sense, he was a philosopher of natural science. So he is the one who suggested that the soul is in the heart. That's where it's at. And it was the soul that was attributed all the emotions and feelings.
It may seem that it was a long time ago and everyone has forgotten Chrysippus' thought, but this is not so. He was the one "invented " The notion of instinct, which we still use to this day. And he's written a lot of work.
And Chrysippus is believed to have died of laughter.

Answer from: Andrey Smirnov:
I am interested in everything, bit by bit. By profession is an analyst in IT. Self-taught musician...

One can suppose that a strong heartbeat during strong emotions played a role, but in fact in different cultures the feeling organs are chosen quite arbitrarily. In modern European tradition it is primarily the heart, but the ancient Greeks, for example, believed that irritation originates in the gall bladder and other negative emotions in the spleen (hence the modern word "spleen".

Answer from: Hagall Serpent:
Editor. Writer. Perfumer arter. Travel. Road&bike. See. Calm...

It's just a matter of the number of heartbeats. It is directly related to a person's emotions. Let's say - a stressful situation: the brain gives a signal of danger - all systems begin to work intensively, breathing becomes more frequent, thus contributing to a strong saturation of blood with oxygen. And so on.

Answer from: Anna Malgina:
film historian, curator of retrospectives of Soviet cinema, translator, artist...

People learned about brain function very late in life... It has long been the view that the brain is "refrigerator" (no refrigerator, either), where the blood was cooled...
Because of the increased heartbeat of strong emotions people could not resist and made the connection... Long time "soul lived in the heart", and people "loved with heart".  The brain screwed it all up :)
It's more complicated now.

Answer from: Ulyana G.:
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It's a poetic and naive-naturalistic notion in the ancients. Now that's more of a poetic formulation. The heart beats, the breath quickens - these are easily measurable and observable manifestations of affect. But people just confuse the cause with the effect. The reason is neurohumoral regulators that make the heart beat harder and the chest heave during inspiration, excitement, fear, etc
And it all started like this:
The Paraschites of ancient Egypt (embalmer priests), who prepared the bodies of the dead for eternal life, treated all the internal organs of a person with the most serious reverence. The liver, heart, kidneys, stomach, intestines, spleen, and lungs upon removal from the corpse were washed, embalmed, and either packed into vessels or placed back into the mummy. Oblivion or accidental destruction of any of the internal organs was ruled out, as it deprived the deceased of some status in the afterlife. Each of the organs had a special mystical role and a patron god.
The only organ the Paraskhites threw away without regrets and hesitations was the brain. It was extracted, according to Herodotus, "through the nostrils", and in reality, probably by breaking through the upper nasal shell, the lacrimal bone, and the hook-shaped appendage.
The brain had no patron god or secret name. It had no meaning at all and, once removed from the head, could even be fed to dogs.
Ancient people searched for the Seat of Life or the Center of Guidance by comparing the living and the dead. Why not the brain? Just. How a dead man differs from a living man? A dead man doesn't breathe! Man is born and breathes in, dies and breathes out. That's why life was thought to be localized in the breath. Pneuma, Prana, Nephesh - different meanings of the Spirit, the Soul. Then attention was drawn to the heart. The heart as well as the breath are rhythmic. The pulsation of life. In moments of excitement, the breath and the heartbeat become faster. This is something that can be measured. In the dead, the heart does not ache or flutter with joy, and the chest does not heave. Then the blood is the life-giving sap. What you couldn't miss, the dead don't bleed. In these active organs and tissues were placed the soul, the life, the mind, the governing center...And what's the brain? Cold, greasy jelly...Does not show any visible activity. In both the living and the dead, there is no difference in the brain. Aristotle ascribed to the brain the function of cooling the blood. The air conditioner in the skull.
The ancient Sumerian civilization is one of the most advanced. They excelled in brick-making and city-building technology. They created writing, sciences such as mathematics, astronomy, medicine. Apparently, they had an understanding of the role of the brain.к. they were doing therapeutic craniotomy. They may have wanted to relieve the patient's pain. In ancient times, the Greeks had already understood that the head was not only for wearing a hat (laurel leaf wreaths), they realised that the cranium contained a vital organ... Obviously, a person without an arm or a leg can live, but without a head he cannot. Some Greeks speculated that the brain is responsible for mucus and sperm production in men. In the seventeenth century the era of mechanics began. The genius René Descartes placed the soul in the pineal gland in the brain. He imagined the brain as a complex mechanism consisting of pistons and valves. You pull the string, the brain releases animal vapor, which spreads through the tubes, the muscles pump up and the body moves. This phenomenon is called the reflex arc. In the 19th century, the telephone was invented. At this time the brain appears as a telephone making calls. In our information age, the brain is compared to a computer.

Answer from: Le Petit chaton roux:
Gregory, Ph.-. ...

In addition to the Greek philosophers Back in the Middle Ages in Europe, people believed that all human health depended on the energies or condition of the body. So too much moisture leads to disease, as does the cold, if you read medieval treatises you're more likely to find remedies for these conditions rather than specific diseases. It's akin to Chinese philosophy. only in Buddhists, the energy is concentrated in the solar plexus (in Japanese - in the liver), and in the Western philosophy, preference was given to the heart as the organ pumping blood, on which the whole human condition depended. That's why the heart and "was responsible" for the warmth of the body as well as the warmth of the senses.

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