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Emotions, Moods & Feelings
We generally use the terms or concepts of emotions, feelings and resulting moods
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Remember that patience is a virtue differences between emotions, moods and feelings, we are able to regain control of our emotions which - to a greater or lesser extend - will influence our current mood which impact the feelings we are experiencing.
Emotions are any unconscious informative trigger that may or may not result in intense mental activities which - in turn - can or cannot be accompanied by feelings of either love/pleasure (sourcing from nourishingplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSomething necessary for growth, health and good condition, such as a feeling or belief in one's mind. emotions) or fear/displeasure (sourcing from toxicplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSomething poisonous, or something very harmful or bad that is capable of causing harm, injury or death. emotions). Emotions are the launching platform of our moods, feelings, personality, dispositions, interests and conative behaviors, and are embedded in our environmental noise filter that precede our cognition or conscious mind.
Although very closely related, each one “operates” in a specific awareness domain, handles certain “functions” and makes use of different “sources of input”, that can briefly be indicated as follows…
|Term||Domain of Awareness||Main Function||Primary Source||Key Traits|
|Emotionsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigA strong reaction deriving from one's circumstances, temperament, feelings and/or relationships with others. An instinctive or intuitive reaction (e.g. fight, flight or freeze) as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge, a subjective experience and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioural changes in the body-mind symbiosis such as a state of mind (i.e mood swings) and/or the affective aspect of one's current consciousness (i.e. feelings experienced).||Unconscious Mind||React to internal/external triggers||Experience Statistics and Belief System||React to what we “love/like” and “fear/dislike” based on simple black & white judgments as either being bad or good depending on the perceived manifestation in the external world. Establish our initial attitude toward reality, alert us to immediate dangers and prepare us for actions by focusing on our immediate survival needs. Pretty intense but temporary.|
|Moodsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigThe state, quality and manner in which we perceives our current situatedness (i.e. both internal and external stimuli) at a particular time and space continuum.||Subconscious Mind||Process feelings applying previous experiences and lessons learned||Temperament||Less specific, less intense and less likely to be provoked or instantiated by one particular stimulus, incident or event. Typically have either a positive/productive or negative/unproductive influence on our actions and behaviours. In other words… usually referenced as being in either a good or a bad mood.|
|Feelingsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigEmotions are primarily associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, feelings - on the other hand - are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.||Conscious Mind||Interpret and respond to emotions & manage feelings||Wisdom||Informs and tell us “how to live” based on productive and unproductive evaluations made, using nourishing and/or toxic feelings as guidelines. Establish our long term attitude toward reality. Alert us to anticipated dangers and prepare us for action to ensure our long-term survival. Quite low-key but sustainable.|
Emotions, moods & feelings are not our enemy! They are our friends and an immense source of information that efficiently guide1) us in our self-empowerment and psyche management quests to obtain optimal self-actualization and eventual self-determination.
This rich and varying kaleidoscope of
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Heart is symbiotic synchronicity between the emotions, feelings and moods that we experience daily, and which makes life worth living. that we experience daily, shouldn't be ignored, suppressed, denied or medicated. As a matter of fact, our emotions2) and the feelings3) that we experience should be treated4) as reliable sources of information which allows us to troubleshoot, successfully address and solve the many obstacles - in our personal, family and professional lives - that we are confronted and challenged with… each and every day.
Nourishing emotions which systematically and gradually nutrify our dynamic energy system - that allow us to progress in life, placing us on a secure path of gradual self-determination, self-actualization and personal growth & development - can be indicated as follows…
|ACCEPTING||Appreciation ▪ Captivated ▪ Joyful||Secure, Approachable, Choosing to, Content, Grateful, Optimistic, Resilient, Worthy, Adaptable, Deserving, Blending, Open.||Enjoyment of life as a result of acting on purpose and using creative powers. A flow of self-sustaining energy where joy mainly refers to spiritual contentment.|
|WILLING||Engaged ▪ Absorbed ▪ Anticipation||Easygoing, Adequate, Receptive, Amenable, Answerable, Prepared, Encouraged, Energetic, Eager, Invigorated, Aware, Happy.||Releasing own potential, ready and prepared for action. Stimulates creativity and innovation.|
|INTERESTED||Wonderment ▪ Amazement ▪ Surprise||Fascinated, Tuned-in, Intrigued, Acclaimed, Welcomed, Needed, Forgiving, Appreciated, Understanding, Autonomous, Caring, Attending.||Fulfilled and fully connected to the self, others and all of creation as a meaningful whole.|
|ENTHUSIASM||Serenity ▪ Hopefulness ▪ Expectancy||Amused, Jubilant, Alert, Admirable, Attractive, Humble, Exhilarated, Delighted, Excited, Peaceful, Trusting, Alive.||Generate positive energy at great force. The more passionate, the more positive energy is released.|
|ASSURANCE||Liberated ▪ Vibrant ▪ Courageous||Motivated, Daring, Cheerful, Proud, Protected, Bold, Brave, Considered, Collected, Idealistic, Harmonious, Affectionate.||Brave, courageous and motivated to deal with the many challenges that life offers daily.|
|EQUALITY||Hopefulness ▪ Exuberance ▪ Enchanted||Fortunate, Cooperative, Gratified, Purposeful, Involved, Stimulated, Committed, Reliable, Concerned, Sincere, Productive, Self-approving.||An inner knowing and confidence of being able to deal with and manage the many ups and downs of life.|
|ATTUNEMENT||Inspired ▪ Confident ▪ Assured||Compassionate, Congruent, In Tune With, Radiant, Creative, In Balance, Serene, Appreciative, Enthusiastic, Tender, Gentle, Loving.|| A happinessplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigHappiness Can Be Learned
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|ONENESS||Devotion ▪ Faith ▪ Trust||Untroubled, Safe, Tranquil, Tolerant, At Peace, Calm, Unified, Completed, Robust, Fulfilled, At-one-ment, Self-accepting.||A surety, inner knowingness and a confident belief in the truth. A belief that does not necessitate logical proof or material evidence.|
|CHOICE||Composed ▪ Empowered ▪ Inspired||Tough, Perfect, Responsive, Self-reliant, Decisive, Sturdy, Resolute, Truth, Curious, Dynamic, Competent, Intentional.||An inner peace stemming from faith, trust and confidence in having enough power to manage life in any possible situation. An understanding of positive lessons and outcomes in all situations.|
Toxic emotions which systematically and gradually poison and toxicfy our dynamic energy system - that derail, keep us either stucked in life or set us on a subtle path of eventual self-destruction - can be indicated as follows…
|ANTAGONIZED||Aloof ▪ Disgust ▪ Annoyed||Rebellious, Attacked, Questioned, Pessimistic, Burdened, Bothered, Aversion, Indignant, Unyielding, Opposed, Inadequate, Worthless.||Investing too much of the self in other people or situations. Losing the power from them results in a concern that you could lose that part of yourself.|
|AGITATED||Annoyance ▪ Anger ▪ Rage||Incensed, Furious, Resentful, Over-wrought, Fuming, Infuriated, Seething, Fiery, Contempt, Belligerent, Hysterical, Remorse.||Aggressiveness resulting from a loss of power through compromises and concessions, feeling insecure and wanting your way… regardless.|
|RESENTMENT||Ill Will ▪ Despise ▪ Animosity||Hurt, Troubled, Confused, Wounded, Used/Abused, Humiliated, Appalled, Unappreciated, Spiteful, Sulky, Offended, Cynical.||Frustration with wanting things to change and being powerless to do so, being stuck.|
|HOSTILITY||Disquiet ▪ Gloomy ▪ Tense||Trapped, Picked-on, Miserable, Put-upon, Frustrated, Disgruntled, Deprived, Aggravated, Cranky, With-holding, Vindictive, Sarcastic.||Inner conflict mixed with fears and anxiety as underlying factors, blocking what you desire to do or wish to accomplish.|
|FEAR OF LOSS||Terrified ▪ Wary ▪ Sad||Let-down, Not Heard, Petrified, Bitter, Disappointed, Alarmed, Threatened, Overlooked, Withdrawn, Frightened, Unwelcome, Unsure.||Indicating that power has been taken away. Fear and pain are linked and panicking that you will lose something valuable.|
|GRIEF AND GUILT||Suspicious ▪ Quarrelsome ▪ Irritable||Distrustful, Immobilised, Repulsed, Rigid, Numb, Inhibited, Stagnant, Unfeeling, Removed, Destructive, Disconnected, Pitiless.||Overstepping boundaries, ignoring rules and acceptable regulations. Needs are being met at the expense of others.|
|INDIFFERENCE||Suspicious ▪ Quarrelsome ▪ Irritable||Distrustful, Immobilised, Repulsed, Rigid, Numb, Inhibited, Stagnant, Unfeeling, Removed, Destructive, Disconnected, Pitiless.||Inner passivity, lack of stimulation and growth, limit by current comfort zone. A fear of unexpected change and the unknown.|
|SEPARATION||Disconnected ▪ Cautious ▪ Defiance||Uncared for, Disdain, Rejected, Detached, Unlovable, Lonely, Unimportant, Melancholy, Disapproved of, Alienated, Deserted, Isolated.||The absence of love, care and compassion. Emotional pain, experiencing separation as brokenness. Absence of the positive.|
|NO-CHOICE||Reserved ▪ Vulnerable ▪ Yearning||Sensitive, Disbelieving, Devastated, Judge/-ing, Incurable, Pathetic, Conforming, Sorrow, Nostalgic, Longing, Abandoned, Envious.||Entirely powerless, submissive, compromising and helpless. Loss of internalised lifeforce and power.|
To fully understand the scope, influence, impact and importance of emotions for us in our everyday lives, would require plenty of pages of text to explain. However, the following 18-minute TED-talk delivered by Susan David, is an excellent explanatory summary that focuses on the benefits of emotional courage to efficiently and productively manage our emotions, and by doing so also manage our feelings and govern our moods.
Emotions are often felt in the body and somatosensory feedback has been reported to also trigger conscious emotional experiences. The following image reveals maps of bodily sensations associated with different emotions experienced by the majority of people.
Body topography of basic (first row) and non-basic (second row) emotions associated with certain words. The body map indicate regions whose activation increased (warm colors) or decreased (cool colors) when experiencing of basic (first row) and non-basic (second row) emotions associated with certain words.