What can we learn from the 7 Human Emotions?
How can we achieve a higher awareness of the purpose behind these 7 human emotions? How do they differ from other ones that are similar, but not on this list?
Find out more information on types of emotions, and more detail on the anger emotion in particular.
How we feel is usually what dictates our behaviour. If you want to learn how to control your emotions, or simply understand exactly what it is you are feeling, keep reading. Different types of emotions are described and suggestions are given on what we can do about how we feel.
This list is considered a list of “root” emotions, and most emotions can be found on the spectrum of these 7 human emotions.
This is possibly the most sought-after human emotion. Feelings of personal affection and attachment to a particular person or animal are most commonly associated with love. Love can heal all, so we’re told by modern thinkers. It can range from slightly affectionate to deep, true, soul-bearing, all encompassing and solid-as-a-rock. It is the subject of songs, books, great feats of strength and great periods of depression. Some say there are only two true human emotions: Love and Fear. They are potentially opposites of the same thing.
Love for a child will differ
from love for a husband, wife, mother or father, long lasting friendship
or a forever companion dog. These feelings can be the fire we use to
motivate us to excel, or never “finding a true love” can be the reason
some use as to why they never have achieved great success. Some emotions related to Love include fondness, passion, contentment and adoration.
Likely known as the emotion most people avoid feeling. A survival or adaptive mechanism, fear is a human emotion that often has unpleasant side effects. In cases of danger or extreme violence, post-traumatic stress disorder can result. Fear can also be protective in that it can help us survive desperate circumstances. It is a response to an immediate perceived threat or source of danger. It allows us to check our surroundings with a heightened vigilance, use our physical senses to locate and assess the source of danger, and quickly react to it.
We can also develop fear as a long term consequence to something that has happened and we internalize it. For example, if a childhood friend we knew fell into the water and drowned, we may have learned to fear the water, and carry that fear into adulthood. We can also have fears that we don't know where they originate from.
It is said that many people are motivated more by fear than by love.
Related emotions to fear include apprehension, terror, panic, and paranoia.
There are many different degrees of grief that we experience as a result of something we have lost, or a painful emotion we have experienced. The hurt we feel in our heart, or psychological suffering are indicators of this emotion. We can be slightly disappointed or in the depths of despair. This can also be described as anguish or melancholy.
Grief may colour our views of other situations, as we may use it as the lens through which we interpret other situations. We may become depressed as a result, and many people attempt to "put a positive spin" on the loss, rather than feel the grief associated with that loss. Oftentimes, others are unsure how to deal with someone's grief, and therefore may end up avoiding the situation entirely. There is a loss of joy or happiness.
If you are feeling a strong feeling of dislike, disapproval or dissatisfaction, you are likely feeling the first of 7 human emotions, anger. Anger can be felt on a range of intensity, going from slight irritation to totally frustrated! It is usually a result of real or perceived wrongdoing. Rage, fury, exasperation and resentment all relate to the emotion of anger.
Anger can be a result of instinct, or can be a reaction to something or someone mistreating or intentionally harming you. Anger turned inwards can lead to depression. If you speak to someone in energy medicine, they will likely tell you anger is to be avoided, as it is one of the most harmful in terms of mindset.
Anger is the emotion most avoided, as most children are never taught how to deal with it as a healthy response, we therefore grow up feeling that it is unacceptable to be angry. However, as long as we identify what we are feeling, and talk it out, sometimes that's enough to validate how we feel. We can then talk solutions, rather than repress this "hot" emotion.
Anxiety can be difficult to describe, as it is subjective and depends on the perception of the person feeling this emotion. Nervousness and uneasiness characterize anxiety, and it may have no apparent reason. Impending danger (or perceived danger), public speaking, an upcoming interview, having a baby, and day to day routine stress are all examples of situations that can lead to feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety is common in people who are "overwhelmed" and take on took many tasks at once. Conflicting priorities, changing situations, and unknown risks will all contribute to anxiety levels.
Apprehension, distress, worry and ambivalence are also related to this 4th of 7 human emotions.
Surprised this is on the list? Many people are! The feeling of surprise can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a sudden emotion, and can also include being bewildered, amazed, astonished (he did WHAT?) or being startled by someone or something. It is the reaction to something happening that was not anticipated. A “surprise party” for example could result in great joy and happiness, or dread and fear if someone does not like to be surprised.
This refers to an inner strength, or self-assuredness, and allows us to act on our intuition that we rely on to direct how we feel about certain situations, or people. We will also feel confidence or experience hope. A feeling of being secure, certain in ourselves, someone else, or a situation and faith in a process also characterize this emotion. Consistency and predictability increase trust.
Trust in self can be cultivated when we hear to listen to what many people refer to as our "sixth sense" or "wise self". Different types of intuition can be heightened. For a process to learn this, check out the newest book review on mBraining, which combines the wisdom of our gut, brain, and heart to live more authentically.