Monday, May 3, 2010

Feelings and Emotions

What is the difference between feeling and emotion? What do you have in mind? I think emotion is more into the result of our thoughts while feelings have more to do with our heart. Does it make emotions more logical? I don't think so. Can we hide feelings and emotion? Some people can, but personally I think it's easier to show our feeling toward something. Emotion is harder to be kept inside of us. The source below stated that feelings are more immediate than emotions. Emotions are more likely to be happening as a result of mixed feelings while on the other hand you can have various kinds of feelings toward different things at the same time. Does it make sense to you? It does to me. maybe we have to dig deeper in order to understand more about the two terms...Here's one article that I've found...Emotion is more similar to conscious thought than feelings are to conscious thought. Although emotion and feeling can be described as unconscious thought, one of them is going to be more similar to conscious thought. Feelings are more like sensations, when you touch something you get a feeling. Therefore feelings are faster than emotions and thought, because when you touch something there is a slight delay before you can think of something about it (thought), or feel something deeply about it (emotion). Emotion is therefore just unconscious thought. Actually it would better be described as unconscious feeling (so a feeling is like a conscious emotion because you can "feel" it better and easier but emotion is a deeper, more unconscious experience similar to unconscious thought, but emotions are also more similar to conscious thought because thought is a deep experience while feelings are intense or shallow, but not deep).

Feelings can be described in more detail than emotions because you can have a specific feeling for anything, each feeling is unique and might not have a name. You can recognize any feeling, that is what makes it a feeling. If you are sad that is a feeling, but if you are depressed that isn’t a feeling it is more like an emotion. You can’t identify why you are depressed but you can usually identify why you are sad. Feelings are more immediate, if something happens or is happening, it is going to result in a feeling.

Both feelings and emotions are composed of unconscious thoughts, but feelings are easier to identify than emotions. Feelings are faster than emotions in terms of response (the response time of the feeling, how fast it responds to real world stimulation) and it takes someone less time to recognize feelings because they are faster. Feelings are closer to sensory stimulation, if you touch something, you feel it and that is a fast reaction. (source)

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