Meta-feeling is having feelings about feelings. Obvious in retrospect. For example, I may feel happy when I see porn and then also feel disgusted at how easily I’ve been manipulated. It’s analogous to metacognition, which is observing one’s own thoughts and having thoughts about those thoughts. Unlike metacognition, which entails a subjective experience of “stepping back” and implies a moderate sense of dissociation, I suspect meta-feeling entails the opposite subjective experience (leaning in?). I don’t have this capacity myself so it’s hard to say, or at least it happens so rarely as makes no difference (i.e. I just feel the happy part from the porn and have to think/guilt my way out of it), but it makes sense theoretically that such a capacity could exist and would represent the high end of emotional intelligence and charisma. What follows are speculations from attempting to empathize.
I suspect this faculty is necessary for those engaging in myth-weaving and propaganda, AKA smart theater kids AKA melonheads. One would have to mentally simulate an audience’s reactions to one’s emotions while also channeling one’s own emotions as part of the performance. It certainly strikes me that such an experience could be addictive on account of its intensity and by analogy to the “addiction to insight” that I’ve speculated is half of the genius addiction. Because it’s related to very high social intelligence, I suspect that very smart blacks like Prince are also high in this trait–the operative difference being that Prince used it to make himself a legend, whereas melonheads do the archetype spiraling thing to create mythical archetypes for the collective.
This form of self-reflection may be the foundation of objective taste, where a man can distinguish between what he likes and what’s actually good. It probably correlates with a large, complex amygdala.