How to Express and Describe Emotions
There are many ways to express and describe your emotions to the world, to your loved ones, or just to yourself. The whole concept of emotions is a rather vast field in the study of psychology, and it seems like every person expresses these in a different manner. No matter if you are a man or a woman, old or young, it is okay to express your emotions. I'd like to think that the "old days" where men aren't supposed to cry are long gone!
So, read on as I mention some of the many ways one can express and describe their emotions!
Perhaps the most basic way any human can express their emotions is through body language. When we are sad, we tend to drop our shoulders and our faces look downcast. When we are angry, on the other hand, we clench our teeth, our pulse quickens, and some of us may even cry. When we are worried or anxious, we tend to exaggerate our body movements, especially those of the face.
An easy way to tell when someone is lying is precisely their body language. The body is often times more truthful than our mind.
Smilies have become all the craze ever since they made their first appearance in society in 1953. They rank as one of my personal favorite ways to express my emotions while surfing the Internet. Matter of fact, that first picture to the right of the Introduction section features a lot of my favorite smilies.
Also called Emoticons, they are useful for expressing emotion in text form, where sentences can frequently be understood in multiple tones. For example, if you tell your friend over text to shut up, they may get offended. However, if you follow up the phrase with an appropriate smiley, you will change the entire tone of the phrase. A smiley that's sticking its tongue out can turn the phrase from insulting to teasing. Hence, smilies are one of the most important forms of emotional display over the Internet.
We talk about things all the time, don't we? We talk to our friends at school, our co-workers at work, our parents at home. However, it seems that many people do not take the time to actually express or describe their emotions through speech. To be fair, it can be really hard to express your true feelings to anybody. For most of the world, truly opening up and talking about how they feel is the hardest thing in the world.
Think back on the first time you ever had to confess your love to the person you liked. If you're anything like me, the words probably came out slower than molasses. That is, if they ever came out at all. It's because of the fact that we fear rejection or other adverse reactions that we have such a hard time expressing ourselves in that situation.
We also tend to be careful with how we talk about our emotions around people we don't want to hurt or people who we are worried would hurt us.
Writing is a powerful way to release things you have cooped up, such as emotions. Poems are the ultimate piece of writing for emotions. As a wise man once said: "Writers write for the mind, poets write for the soul". If you're feeling down one day, just sit down with a piece of paper and try to form a poem with your thoughts. Don't hold back or think about how silly or stupid you look. Just do it and free write. You may be quite surprised at the results.
Many Hubbers here on this site write poems and many of them are quite heartfelt. It is my personal belief that you can tell a lot about a person just by reading their poems. This is partially the reason why I haven't published any poems over the Internet. I may do it one day, but not for now.
Books About Emotion
In conclusion, how can you express and describe your emotions? However you wish!
- Go out to a hill and scream until your voice gives out.
- Write the longest poem of your life.
- Cry with all your might, and then smile as if the world would never end.
- Smack a punching bag around until you get tired.
At the end of the day, you can express and describe your emotions however you wish and no one can ever take that right away from you! Even if it hurts, emotions are what make us human!
Feel free to express yourself in the comments section!
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)