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Approved 09 October, 2022 @ 10:33am by Jan Viljoen (version: 16)

Emotions, Moods & Feelings

We generally use the terms or concepts of emotions, feelings and resulting moods interchangeablyplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSomething that can be used in the same manner as something else, without any significant differences. . Obviously, they are closely related and manifest in synchronicity. And yes! This can be quite a complicated and confusing business to productively deal with. However, when we are aware of and understand - in context, that is - the fundamentalplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigFundamental Principles

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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 HEARTplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigHeart in this context...

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

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

A new study coordinated by the University of Trento shows the beneficial effects of an intensive program on happiness.

The results showed that several psychological well-being measures gradually increased within participants from the beginning to the end of the course. That was especially true for life satisfaction, perceived well-being, self-awareness and brainfundamentalbrain
that is based on an understanding and fulfilling of purpose. Contention with choices and outcomes. An inner knowing of being on the right path, being balanced and having needs met.
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

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.

Providing that we deal with our emotions, moods and feelings in an emotional mature and resilient manner.
Essentially our emotions are created by us as a result of the many previous experiences we had. Emotions have been programmed (i.e. hard-wired) into our unconscious minds as an integral part of both our life scripts and sabotage programs, from where they surface via our environmental noise filter and manifest in our conscious mind as feelings that we currently experience.
Our feelings - initiated by emotions - play out in our heads. They are mental associations, reactions and responses to an emotion that are personal and acquired through personal experiences and beliefs.
Both our emotions and feelings should be explored, described and understood in context, not only the “traumatic” ones, but special attentions should be paid to the little jackal feelings and emotions of everyday life.
terms/emotions.txt · Last modified: 09 October, 2022 @ 10:32am by Jan Viljoen