I learned the word “perseverate”. It means to keep doing something long after whatever caused it has stopped.
I also learned that emotions can be habitual. As in, we have feelings because we’ve developed a habit of feeling them. This one was a bit of a shocker to me. To think about it, it makes sense. But, when you haven’t thought about it, it’s a bit destabilizing when you learn it.
I’m constantly surprised by how much control I don’t have over myself because it feels right to think that we are in control of ourselves.