Are emotions rational, or irrational?

Emotions themselves, and the way we approach them, pose a paradox.

"Get a grip… control your emotions… don’t let your feelings get in the way! Listen to your heart…get in touch with your emotions… express yourself!"

We are either told to express them, or to control them. Emotions have been linked to irrational decision making, but the have also been linked to eternal wisdom.

So do you think they are rational, or irrational, and why do you think this?
Are emotions rational, or irrational?
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