The Head-Heart Conflict: "My heart has a mind of its own"

Professor Aaron Ben Ze'ev from the University of Haifa, will give a lecture on the integration of our intellect and our emotions. 

“The heart has its reasons which reason does not understand.” Blaise Pascal

The conflict between the heart and the head, that is, between emotional attitudes and intellectual considerations, is common in our everyday life: emotions are personal and partial experiences, while intellectual considerations are broader and more objective. The intellect is concerned with the general and the stable whereas emotions are engaged with the particular and the volatile. These differences may cast doubt on whether the heart and the head can be integrated into one optimal system. The fact is that they are integrated, and the interesting issue is how this integration is done and when it is optimal. This is particularly important for solving personal and public conflicts.