Visceral It is an adjective that refers to that pertaining or relative to the viscera . The viscera, on the other hand, are the organs which are contained in the cavities of the human body or animals.
The viscera, also called bowels , are part of the respiratory system or digestive system, such as the lungs, the liver , the heart or the pancreas . The notion of visceral, therefore, is linked to these organs, although it is often used in a symbolic way.
The visceral appears linked to a very intense emotional reaction , which springs from the deepest inside of the person (hence this denomination). It is something that the subject can hardly avoid, since it is embodied inside and that escapes reason or logic.
For example: “There are opponents who feel a hate visceral towards this government ”, "Upon hearing the news, Mario felt that a visceral fury took over his being and began to scream", "Irma did not expect such a visceral reaction from her husband, who smashed the glass against the wall".
Visceral reactions usually take place without any filter or control. That is why it is common to associate them with violence or to the outcast, which often causes deep regret in those who suffer them.
The concept is also used to qualify the person who usually gets carried away by this type of reactions or responses : "Lautaro is a visceral man and closed to dialogue", "I'm afraid to tell him the truth: my father is very visceral and I don't think he can understand the situation".
Both the spontaneous outbreaks of anger and the personalities formed around extreme sincerity escape the behavior models that society expects to find. Usually, we are educated with a series of structures that prevent us from expressing what we feel constantly; We are trained to reserve this degree of openness for certain very particular, very intimate moments. To go through the day to day, people considered normal must use of lies and falsehood to (as we have learned) avoid hurting those around us.
We are scheduled to leave the sincerity as a last resort, and we justify this in many ways: if our employers exploit us and abuse us psychologically, we do not face them because the economic crisis makes it difficult to find work; If our friends do not support us when we need them most, despite demanding that we be for them one hundred percent of the time, we say that each one is as it is and that they compensate it with their positive features.
A normal human being fears reactions visceral because it associates them with violence, matter taboo par excellence, despite being the most characteristic feature of our species: we kill animals in absolutely unnatural ways to eat them, we declare war on other people instead of seeking to understand each other through what supposedly distinguishes us from other living beings, we cut down trees indiscriminately to immortalize our wisdom ... We do all this and do we fear those who attack their boss after months without receiving their salary?
It would be interesting to eliminate all our filters, that which really separates us from the rest of the animals, which prevents us from telling our neighbor that we like him and that we do not want to speak to him, the reason why we support the abuse by so many people throughout the day, so much that we end up stressed and without strength; if we were able to tear down those walls, the visceral reactions would become the rule.
If the term is related to our organs, with what constitutes us, why not be visceral? In a world without repression, violence is very likely to decrease, since no one would accumulate frustrations throughout his life. If we did not like the treatment received in a company, we would express it and leave; we would only greet those who please us; we would be ourselves, without outbreaks, without abuse.