I'm sure people who are emotional enjoy physical contact too, but they don't need it in order to experience emotions. A case in point here is Art. Viewing masterful Artwork can bring people to tears. Or make them happy or sad or whatever. For me, and those like me, we're unmoved. Looking at pictures with people as their subjects is more interesting for us than scenes/pieces without them, but to say we get emotional would be a stretch. This is probably why I don't take pictures of food very often to put on this blog. When I'm savoring a great meal, I do so with taste and smell. Viewing pictures of food doesn't make me hungry or even want to try the item. It's good to see what it looks like for descriptive purposes, but I can't 'taste' food through pictures. Apparently, though, I'm in the minority here, at least judging by other peoples reactions to pics of food (not to mention the vast array of television commercials with food in them).
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Where I think this mutual understanding has the most potential for benefit is in relationships. If two very emotional people or two very unemotional people get together then I believe it's easier for them to progress in their relationship as they know how the other one feels more often than not. If the opposite happens and two unlikes are paired, then it will be harder on everybody. In no way impossible, or even a bad thing, just more challenging. Take, for example, when there is a fight or argument. The emotional person naturally wants to get it all out and be done with it. The unemotional person wants to rationally discuss the situation until a satisfactory agreement is reached. If each person is aware of the natural emotional inclination of the other, things could be easier. Or not ... it may still boggle your mind that someone can be so callous/emotional.
One more thing along this line of thinking. Various cultures and countries around the globe have different standards of what is normal and acceptable in terms of affection people have towards one another. Has anyone ever done research into figuring out if more affectionate societies are less violent, smarter, more tolerant etc. etc.? I'm just thinking out loud at this point. Anyway, it was nice to load up on affection with my family while I was away.