Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Feelings

It’s easy to grow up with a sense that our feelings are reliable guides to ourselves, the people around us, and the world at large. We can call this optimistic thesis the ‘clear pane’ theory of the mind, iImplying that we are able to look out onto the world pretty much as if through an undistorted, and blemish-free pane of glass. Yet a long tradition in philosophy has sought to warn us of a far trickier truth. The school of thought, known as skepticism, that began in Ancient Greece in the third century B.C. proposed that a great many of our solid-seeming sensory first impressions should not be assumed to be accurate and must instead be submitted to the laborious process of rational unscrambling. Far from our minds being clear panes, they’re full of scratches, blind spots and warps. To be wise, therefore, means for the skeptics to strive to be permanently vigilant no matter how much we’re inclined to misunderstand reality by trusting our first feelings. One tiny instance of our distorting minds that particularly fascinated the Greeks was a strange phenomenon that occurs when a stick is partially submerged in water. It immediately seems as if the stick angles into a “V” just at the point where it meets the surface. But, if we pull the stick out, we’ll see that it’s of course, still straight. The skeptics took this tiny example as a gateway to a vast truth: that our senses are humbling fallible. The way things appear to us is often simply not how they, in fact, really are. Skeptical ideas were to be the leading force behind the development of modern science. In the middle of the 16th century, the Polish philosopher and astronomer Capernicus demonstrated that whatever our senses might have suggested to us for hundreds of thousands of years, according to logical reasoning, the truth is that the sun does not, in fact, revolve around the earth. But the skeptics weren’t only interested in the errors we fall into when doing astronomy– they were fascinated by our tendencies to fall into error in our personal lives under the influence of our emotions. For example, our minds are seldom free of the influence of moods: a kind of emotional weather that scouts over our mental horizons normally without us having any understanding of where these moods have come from, when they might lift, or even that they exist. However, these moods can have a decisive impact on our ideas. We might in one mood consider ourselves fortunate with a bright-lit future, and feel grateful to those around us. And then, a few hours later, without anything in the outer world having changed, another mood might lead us to a whole set of re-evaluation of almost everything about us. Devilishly, part of what it means to be subject to a mood is not to realize that we are in its grip. We simply feel that our friends, who we liked quite a lot yesterday, are no good. And our job, which once offered us so much, is absurd. Tiredness can be a particularly powerful agent that silently and invisibly perverts our judgement. The 19th century skeptic, Friedrich Nietzsche, remarked, “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we thought we’d conquered long ago.” Though crucially, it’s extremely rare and counter intuitive to judge that it really might be tiredness that’s affecting our outlook rather than certain objective facts in the world. We are keener to conclude that we’ve suddenly developed a deep resentment against humanity that we urgently need to get to bed. Lust can similarly play with our judgement, leading us to see sensitivity, kindness, and a decent alternative to our current partner. But there is, in truth, just an exceptionally beautiful profile and perhaps not much else. As the German skeptical philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, wryly concluded, “Immediately after copulation, the devil’s laughter can be heard.” Appreciating how flawed our minds are forms the basis upon which the story on emotional skepticism is founded. This skill, defined as a cautious awareness of the misleading power of our feelings on our judgement Having surveyed the fragilities of our minds, the Ancient Greek skeptical philosophers recommended that we learn to develop an attitude of what they called “Epoche,” translated as “reserve,” or “suspension of judgement.” But where of our tendencies to error we were never to rush into decisions. We were to let our ideas settle so that they could be re-evaluated at different points in time and we were to be especially vigilant about the impact of sexual excitement and tiredness on the formation of our plans. For a range of historical reasons, we’ve collectively been extremely reluctant to recognize the benefits of emotional skepticism. The romantic movement of the 19th century bequeathed us that beguiling would often distract solution but it’s our emotions that we always find us guides to the truth. But we would’ve gone a long way to counteract the problems of our minds if we sometimes do ourselves the honor of not listening to our feelings. Instead, waiting for some unhelpful moods to pass and accepting that we are at heart, highly viscous bags of saline solution who stare out at reality via a highly unreliable and distorted pane of glass and must therefore frequently suspend judgement, moderate our impulses, watch over our diet, and strive to get to bed early.

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  • Mhammad Shokor says:

    How anyone dislikes any of your videos is beyond me.

  • Cuke Mom says:

    Good points, well explained as usual. But the visuals and noises were super distracting

  • Cuke Mom says:

    Highly viscous bags of saline. Nice

  • BigVgiant Gaming says:

    that word salad tho….

  • favourite music says:

    My feelings f""k me up.

  • Gisela Swaragita says:

    Is this a personal attacc

  • Louis Napoleon says:

    If only people would suspend judgement before voting for some of the idiots out there.

  • Peter Maxley says:

    Thank you, I am just hungry and very tired.
    Everything is ok:)

  • Ruin Nation says:

    um no fuck you i trust my feelings they have served me well lol

  • Fulgrim88 says:

    I'm great at reserving judgement and avoiding rash, emotional decisions. I am also chronically depressed and dead inside

  • Naota Akatsuki says:

    More or less I don't take my feelings as truth, instead it is my source of initiative and in a way without them I would have no opinion. Opinions are not truth, they are an abstract, arbitrary and subjective judgement.

  • Edward Sudall says:

    It would be more coherent to say we should trust our feelings when we are most emotionally clear and rational; there is no such thing as rationality or logic without emotions. Every second we trust our feelings. It's just choosing the more favourable feelings and following their advice, rather than our fluctuations or internal weather.

    Aristarchus of Samos had the revolutionary idea that the earth and planets revolved around the sun sometime between 310-230 BC. The knowledge and plausibility was out there, but ignored until Copernicus who obviously gave more demonstration.

  • Adam says:

    Ill train myself to have no feelings :3

  • -FUN MEMES- says:

    Feelings cant be trust atleast when your poor lol.

  • danielle :y says:


  • Icbeoaneistari of Chu says:

    Listen to the Vulcans they have this figured out.

  • Ivan Hasudungan says:

    american make this too complicated,,enjoy responsibly is our motto

  • Anastasia B says:

    Strive to get to bed early really helps, because for me in particular i get very tired during the night and i start experiencing unrational emotions and stuff like that so its very important to go to bed early before the bad feelings kick off

  • Nicky Erps says:

    My gut is better then my brain.and yet i still use my brain over my gut.and everytime my gut was right.

  • The Waffle says:

    My minds telling me noooooOooo

    But my BODY, my BODY is telling me yEeeEah

  • aek72 says:

    Just a small correction. It was not Copernicus but yet, another Greek that spoke about the relationship of the Sun and the Earth
    …”Aristarchus identified the "central fire" with the Sun, and he put the other planets in their correct order of distance around the Sun.[2] Like Anaxagoras before him, he suspected that the stars were just other bodies like the Sun, albeit further away from Earth. His astronomical ideas were often rejected in favor of the geocentric theories of Aristotle and Ptolemy. Nicolaus Copernicus attributed the heliocentric theory to Aristarchus….”
    Thanks for a very nice video!

  • Carina Beringuilho says:

    There is a BIG difference between feelings and emotions/moods. Feelings can have a lot of insight, intuition and truth to them, they can guide us to good outcomes in life. I always follow my deep feelings, the ones that remain despite my thought and/or emotions. You should not trust your mind alone either. The best thing to do is to learn to distinguish between what is a feeling and what is an emotion, and then make your feelings and your mind work together. This is the best match and I totally recomend it. It takes time and a lot of work to get them to work together well, but it's worth it!

  • Lidija Cullen says:

    Feelings are all I got, what to do now???

  • Shaswat Tyagi says:

    Your channel never disappoint

  • l3l3Cakes says:

    I desperately wish I kept my emotions in check last year and slept more. I’ve made some terrible decisions I wish I could take back. Now I have to sit in the mess I made😫

  • Dylan Law says:

    U been on some journeys?

  • Srushti Shah says:

    Does this tell us not to trust our gut feeling? Because I've learned to trust my gut feeling. Or does this tell us not to let our moods define our decisions?

  • Paula P says:

    So one shouldn't trust one's feeling, but they are important. I must accept them and value them, right?

  • Guido Ronconi says:

    everything is made in such a binary and from a male perspective , not wrong…but… well… is TSOL

  • JOHN KAMAU says:


  • Alanis Salazar Latin says:

    I think the right tittle for this video is “why you shouldn’t trust your emotions” not your feelings

  • Sulav Shakya says:

    That's all good and all until you fall in love then realise that this irrational emotion is omnipresent everytime you talk to her. It's impossible to wait for it to pass cause it never passes!!!

  • Marc Padilla says:

    Western Civilization is tired.

  • Ruben Ortega says:

    Very dismotivating

  • Reverse Fuhrer says:

    My feelings: She loves you.
    Environment: Nope!

  • Carolyn Yoxall says:

    Every time I didn't trust myself I regretted it. We should always trust ourselves. Your first instinct is always right. At least mine is. I learned to trust myself and it's rare that I am wrong. Since I started trusting myself life has been a lot less stressful. Always trust yourself.

  • Mark Pellerin says:

    Background sound effects make it hard to understand. Get rid of them and repost

  • Sinbad-Crouching Tiger says:

    Always listen to your Gut feeling. The intuitive instinct within you is always right. In this sense, ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR FEELINGS!!!!

  • Acceled says:

    Yes, unease.. and uncertainty..

  • kcat80 says:

    Interesting, I tend to think there is more than one form of non rational thinking. There is the knee jerk, and there is intuition for example.
    One is unhelpful and another can offer unseen foresight. You just gotta be able to able to recognise ,understand and compartmentalize the impulses to appropriately manage them.

  • Discovaria says:

    Facts, not feelings u gonna say?

  • Dean Foster says:

    I find your videos interesting but I have a simple mind so I don't understand most of the words you use, are you on about gut feeling? Because that guy feeling has never let me down.

  • satyu131089 says:

    Most of what the thinking mind puts out is bollocks. But it can be overcome by paying attention to what's actually happening. Although that sort of attention is quite demanding and most people lack the training for it.

  • Clayton Humphrey says:

    I liked it all up until “strive to get to bed early” lol

  • Mishkola says:

    I've spent my whole life suffering from anxiety and depression, and had to learn this in order to function. Now, in order to move ahead, I'm having to learn that what makes me feel fulfilled actually matters.

  • MMM says:

    I really like this video. It gave me insight on how my emotions are not always the trustworthy thing, and my thought process may not always be correct.
    But I left this video with a feeling of not being able to trust myself, until I realized that there is a good thing about not trusting your emotions. You are probably at your lowest when you are the most emotional, and that also means you are most creative when you are emotional. Creativity not only strives from inspiration from outside sources but inspiration of someone's deep self and someone's past experiences.
    I also think meditation is a very healthy thing to do when you feel emotionally overwhelmed and can't "see clearly." When you meditate, you are looking inside yourself and what is troubling you, making your thoughts a bit more thoughtful of what is bothering you, instead of an excuse brought onto you by your emotions. I don't meditate regularly, but I think I should now since it seems like a healthy and fun thing to do.

  • blueconversechucks says:

    This video helped me today.

  • thisisbob1001 says:

    I have to say he does make good videos

  • Eric Christen says:

    Furthermore, why one should not trust one's rationality. As it is often based on assumptions gleaned from minimal experience and limited imagination. See history again.

  • Eric Christen says:

    Rationality is nothing more than a tool of the essentially emotional self.

  • Lorenz Glück says:

    Thanks for reminding me of this obvious fact which I have to rediscover every single day. A more modest attitude towards our positive impulses may allow us to take the few steps back needed when confronted with harder times.

  • Sophia Smith says:

    I'm not what I seem.. I really an mentally ill old white man that has a jheri curl

  • Gankhu Sumnyan says:

    On a side note, how brilliant the ancient Greeks were!!

  • love and squalor says:


  • Jim's girl says:

    Knowledge, wisdom, and intellect are a fascinating trio.

  • Jim's girl says:

    Feelings are unreliable because they are inconsistent. Truth is philosophy. Facts matter?

  • Jerwolf says:

    Helpful hint: turn down the level on the background “nat sound”.

  • annavictoria12345678 says:

    I feel that school of life makes me wiser ahaha

  • Mina Caputo says:

    Trust your feelings and trust your intuition. This is a stupid fucking video. Nothing matters outside of yourself. This video has a very reductionist view on your own heart. All I do is trust my feelings and my intuition and I’m doing incredible things in my life. Question everything people. Especially the bs you find on line. Your opinion is the only thing that matters. Not the opinions of others.

  • drummerschild says:

    I love school of life but this one seems a bit misleading. Skepticism in philosophy was not only or chiefly about the unreliability of feelings. Skeptical traditions also talk about the unreliability of reason. This video (unlike others) is a bit on the reductive side.

  • zurck kukkuu says:

    increase your volume

  • San G says:

    Audio needs to be enhanced

  • engrtun says:

    “Get to bed early..”

    I just finished it at 4am.

  • David & Ron Brothers says:

    Can something make sense to us in a sub-rational way which generates a legitimate and logical feeling, yet the feeling makes no sense to our conscious rational mind? If so, then yes, you can trust your feelings at times. Many people in cults can’t get out of the logic they are trapped in, but they know somethings wrong based on a feeling. I don’t believe feelings should be trusted implicitly, but they should also not be distrusted implicitly either. Lastly, the video makes the romantic era out to be a time when people lost their faith in reason. What if they were instead reacting to blind faith in rationalism, and they were attempting to bring it to a balance.

  • Nightcor EDM says:

    My friend is stupid 😭

  • sonic tails says:

    Is that green guy an alien or something ??? 🌝🌝

  • Takumi Motokawa says:

    The problem these days is that we are so rushed into making our judgment. What it is is just sorting things according to one's belief which is not necessarily a sober observation of the world. In result, of course nothing gets really fixed and we just end up hating each other.

  • Osman Carrim says:

    Get rid of the distracting sounds. Excellent thought

  • On Ant Productions says:

    Could you do a video of the fear of being a ‘bad’ person, and what it really means to be one

  • 12 legged Sasquatch.. says:

    Copernicus only postulated a theory; he couldn't prove that the Earth spun without any observable or measurable proof.. in other words, you accept as 'science', something which fails at the scientific method.

  • Vienna Glen says:

    I suddenly remember the methodic doubt, that we shouldn’t trust our senses because it is unreliable.

  • Billy Casper says:

    3:51 and 4:55
    This video should be age-restricted

  • T Moore says:

    I really like this channel but the fact that it most prominently references western works of art and ways of thinking is tiresome and narrow-minded. I would love it if more african philosophies were explored to present a more holistic multicultured worldview. Allowing viewers to make decisions that fit themselves instead of presenting one that may be most popular in todays culture.

  • knocknockify says:

    Watching this while I'm doing a snack raid of my fridge at 1AM, in an unstable mood. Now I've learned to not trust my emotions lol

  • Siminthesky says:

    Bullocks..old thinking

  • Birgit TheDog says:

    I have the opposite problem. I’m so skeptical that I’m unable to ever trust my own judgement.

  • Rich Sheehy says:

    There are many people walking around who think their feelings and intuitions are totally correct and treat people in that manner rather than letting people express themselves. What is even worse people actually believe rumors and treat people according to what are usually lies.

  • DasSöldner says:

    Whatever they're telling us: complete BULLSHIT!!! Excuse me, by now everyone knows that ONLY your feeling counts because this serves as a guideline with all the knowledge you have ever comprehended whereas your brain only processes around 15 % of the input.
    Ridiculous not to listen to your gut LOL

  • Jason Jackson says:

    Try telling this to a Gestalt Therapist. Great video BTW. I'm glad someone said it

  • AbuLaban says:

    the video is so trippy that i cant focus on what he is saying

  • John Howell says:

    No, I will take my feelings over that shit.

  • Roc Sanchez says:

    Fuck that.. I trust my feelings

  • Crystal Paul says:

    I think this basically highlights the need to balance your feeling based thinking and your rational thinking.
    In a given situation, explore both options equally. Because sometimes our mind has a way of tricking itself and self sabotaging.

  • KLJF says:

    in other words don't trust your disgust of slavery capitalism and the rich . JUST DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD BY YOUR MASTERS . I have often wondered if the actor who does the narration for the school of life ever stops to think about the evil brainwashing he is party to .

  • Fariha Mohamed Hilmy says:

    I feel brain-wracked

  • uncle darren says:

    Some peoples gut feelings are spot on first time every time. Some people have no instincts at all. You know which you are after a few fails or successes.

  • Bobby Collins says:

    ''''Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Feelings''''? i wish i actually could get this right- Too vigilant to search for this answer….

  • ramya green says:

    ..And strive to get to bed early

    The most simple solution!!!

  • RJC 72 says:

    Let your head rule over your heart. I think this video is one of the most important life lessons a person could learn.

  • Alva says:

    Summary: Our feelings are just a reaction to what's happening and not what's actually happening, i.e. despite no actual physical changes occurring in the outside world we view it differently from day to day depending on our mood at the time and thus our feelings cannot be trusted. Oh, and go to bed early. That's it.

  • Joseph Malizia says:

    My duty is to my country god and family I am last

  • Tim Travasos says:

    Superb insight.

  • Clare Kuehn says:

    Title should be "shouldn't always trust" or "shouldn't completely trust". Good lecture, however! Thanks!!!

  • Adam says:

    The cake is a lie.

  • super duper says:

    i just couln't watch this cause the visuals are making me wanna go blind

  • Kim Zastrow says:

    Trust feelings i dont trust anybody let alone myself

  • Agastya Sankla says:

    hey this video is good but the wordings are really difficult to understand can you lease use simple wordings

  • Des Marshall says:

    I love these animations SO funny SO true..Ha,Ha,ha

  • Viliami Takau says:

    There's nothing like a good meal when you're hungry to lift your spirits.

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