The basic theory of emotional coherence can be

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  The basic theory of emotional coherence can be summarised in three principles analogous to the  qualitative principles of coherence:   1. Elements have positive or negative valences. 2. Elements can have positive or negative emotional connections to other elements. 3. The valence of an element is determined by the valences and acceptability of all the  elements to which it is connected   Using Intuition and Emotion to Make Good Decisions   The theory of emotional coherence shows how people’s gut feelings about what to do may  sometimes emerge from integrative unconscious judgements about the actions that might best  accomplish their goals. But it also applies to cases where people’s intuitions are too quick and  uninformed. How can students and other people be helped to ensure that their decisions are based  on informed intuition?   For important decisions, rather than leaping to an immediate intuitive choice, people should follow  the following procedures:   i)                    Informed Intuition
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  1. Set up the decision problem carefully.  This requires identifying the goals to be  accomplished by your decision and specifying the broad range of possible actions that might  accomplish those goals. 2.   Reflect on the importance of the different goals.  Such reflection will be more emotional  and intuitive than just putting a numerical weight on them, but it should help you to be more  aware of what you care about in the current decision situation. Identify goals whose  importance may be exaggerated because of jonesing or other emotional distortions.     1. Examine beliefs about the extent to which various actions would facilitate the different  goals.  Are these beliefs based on good evidence? If not revise them. 2. Make your intuitive judgement about the best action to perform, monitoring your emotional reaction to different options.  Run your decision past other people to see if it seems  reasonable to them.   This procedure combines the strengths and avoids the weaknesses of intuition and calculation  models of decision-making. Like the intuition model, it recognizes that decision-making is an  unconscious process that involves emotions. Like the calculation model, it aims to avoid decision  errors caused by unsystematic and unexamined intuitions. One drawback of the informed intuition  procedure is that it is not so inter-subjective as the calculation model, in which the numerical weights and calculations can be laid out on the table for all to see. It is important in many cases for people to 
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