It is important to understand and be able to control your emotional side as well as you control your logical side. If you can't then you are fairly useless.
Yes, of course. In fact emotions seem to be there to induce us to act. It is the impulse to feel better that moves us to perform each action. If we couldn't compare between being sad or happy, same as between being hungry and satisfied, we would be far less efficient in keeping ourselves alive.
Emotions seem to be designed to indicate us wether we are gaining or losing resources.
Thus, yes. There I am with you. The more you understand and control your emotions, the better.
Music helps in this regard as it allows you to adjust heart rate and subdue or control strong emotional reactions.
Certainly. As I have already mentioned, so does Prozac.
Music is a tool that we use to communicate ideas on a purely emotional level. Take classical music for instance. There is not a single word spoken but it can make you happy, sad, motivated, angry, paranoid all depending on the beat, tone and application.
Is it good for us to receive just an emotion? If we feel something disturbing about our circumstances, how can it be a good idea to supress it just tuning our emotions, instead of atacking directly the cause?
Is this the kind of control we need over our emotions?
When I think about this coldly, I'd rather have my emotions tuned to what is happening so that I react accordingly than to Mahler's fifth symphony, however good it makes me feel to listen to it.
I think normally we over react to problems, because most people (and I am among them) have a trend to think themselves far less capable of solving problems than we really are . I highly suspect that when music is better than no music it is because the first emotional reaction was not correct and we need to soothe it before being able to carry on.
I have come to think that if we really understood the purpose of our emotions and had the adequate feedback control over them, to change them by some artificial method would every time prove worse than to take arms against whatever sea of troubles we have got ourselves into :bigsmile:.
 And whenever we really can do nothing about some particular fact, it seems wiser to cope with the idea than to ignore the whole affair. We do have limitations, but not looking at them, at least in my experience, only results in assuming limitations where there is nothing that can't be overcome.