What are emotions? What are their somatic and neurological origins? Are they controllable perceptions, and if so, how? Can they be influenced by controlling other perceptions?
Before posting here, one should have first read Bill Powers’ chapter on emotion in Behavior: The control of perception.
This chapter (omitted in the first 1973 edition) proposes that emotions are derived from somatic sensations and interconnections between the behavioral control hierarchy and “a second hierarchy of control … concerned with the sensing and control of quantities derived from sensors and … chemical messengers throughout the body” (B:CP 258-259). “An emotion is the combination of a goal and a feeling. […] one must select a goal, and feel the physiological state, and have the action blocked, before the state would truly be called emotional” (B:CP 256).