Emotions/ Feelings

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Registered: 06-08-2013
Emotions/ Feelings
Sat, 06-08-2013 - 2:39pm

The other day someone asked me how many different emotions/ feelings do I experience on any given day and what does each one of those emotions or feelings mean? I am not good at describing my feelings so I need some advice. How would each one of you answer this question?



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Registered: 05-20-2009
Sun, 06-09-2013 - 11:32am

"Emotions" are the same thing as "feelings".  Webster describes "emotion" as a noun, an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like is experienced; any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, hate, love, or the like.  When you FEEl any of the above, that is an emotion! 

"Feeling" is defined as a sense of touch or the sensation conveyed by the sense of touch......OR........the physical sensation other than that due to sight, hearing, taste or smell; an emotion; consciousness; opinion; conviction; tenderness of heart; fine sensibility, and lastly, sensitivity.

If someone asked me that same question, I would tell them that I have no idea, and why don't they tell me about THEIR emotions and/or feelings.  A "normal" person can have many feelings and emotions on any given day, some days more than others.  It's almost impossible to reply to that question!  If given an example, I'm sure you could describe the feeling you would have with that situation.  If you saw a mother beating a child, you would have an emotion.....of frustration, dislike, maybe even hate.  If you saw a mother hugging and kissing her child, you would experience a feeling of love, joy, happiness, etc.

In the example you gave, unless the person is a counsellor or a psychologist or psychiatrist, I'd ignore the question. If it was someone in a position of trying to help me, I guess I would ask them to give me an example, and then I would tell them what my emotions or feelings would be abut that.