“Strong emotions inhibit our ability to make sound decisions.”
What you must remember is emotions are linked to strong, physical reactions! There are things in your brain called neurotransmitters, and they are linked to a part of your brain called the Limbic system: this is where all your emotions live. When you are mad, happy, aroused, sad, depressed, etc there is a chemical in your brain that corresponds to it. Knowing this, it is imperative you know you are not helpless when you are confronted with strong emotions!
This is where the tools of counseling and therapy can be useful to navigate through the situation which caused such strong emotions.
Just like there is physical correlation to emotions, there can be social consequences as well! They can result in isolation from close friends and contacts, the inability to ask for help and those strong emotions given by a certain situation. If these emotions are not addressed in a healthy fashion, there may be secondary consequences. An example of the influence of strong emotions and their influence is a breakup of a long-term relationship. There can be a grief period (which is complicated itself), complicated by the responsibilities you must negotiate daily. With the impact of such a loss, your emotions may allow you what you see as freedom, which can become detrimental. Your grief can compound with anger which may lead you to lash out on those closest to you, or you place of employment—which can jeopardize your employment. Such strong emotions from that situation can cause depression, which may cause you to seek another outlet ‘to feel better.’ This, in turn, can cause a potential substance abuse problem.
Emotions linked to traumatic or chaotic events do not allow us whom are experiencing these triggering events to make sound decisions as it relates to personal needs, or to see our way clear to healing. If you are hurt, and hurt badly enough, you just want it to stop hurting. Yet, without proper help, you will find yourself hurting longer than you ever thought.