Emotions and Constitutional Law: A Mutually Reinforcing Feedback Loop

Emotions and constitutional law exist in a relationship of dynamic equilibrium. Emotions inform constitutional decision-making and influence the formulation of legal rules. On the other hand, in reconciling private, individual emotions with collective social sentiments, constitutional law evaluates whether and to what extent particular emotions should be validated. These two components are sustained by a mutually reinforcing feedback loop. Constitutional law performs its regulatory role by reference to the emotional inputs it receives. In their turn, the resulting constitutional outputs shape and guide the emotional convictions of the relevant actors, and any emotional adjustment that occurs will correspondingly influence the process by which the (new) constitutional outcomes are produced. Further conditioned by the environment in which the feedback loop operates, this iterative interaction remains ever adaptive as it endeavours to arrive at optimal and carefully-negotiated outcomes.