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What is the difference between FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS?  Recently, I was listening  to...

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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:49 AM via web

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What is the difference between FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS?


Recently, I was listening  to Bob Garner's motivational Mp3.In the very Mp3 , he says, "We should control our emotions and feelings."

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 30, 2010 at 2:12 AM (Answer #1)

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In psychology feelings refers to consciousness, awareness or sensation experienced by an individual, isolated from anything thought or perceived. Emotions are one types of feelings.

Emotions are intense feelings which are directed toward some one or something. Experts identify six universal emotions. These are anger, fear, sadness, happiness, disgust and surprise.

We can contrast emotions with moods, which are feelings that tend to be less intense and are not related to any contextual stimulants.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:21 AM (Answer #2)

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These two terms are very closely interrelated, with usually a cause-effect connection between them. 

A "feeling" is a person's awareness of some sort of sensory input, such as feeling frightened when there is a threat, or feeling tired at the end of the day.  There is also a type of feeling that is more abstract, such as feeling anxious or sad, where no direct cause for the feeling is necessarily present.

An "emotion" is most often the expression of feeling.  I feel sad, and so I express an emotion associated with sadness, like crying or depression.  I feel protected, and therefore I emote love.  Emotions are usually more easily recognized than feelings, as emotions tend to have signals in body language or symptoms.

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