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What are the differences between emotions and feelings?

  1. Emanate Presence profile image77
    Emanate Presenceposted 5 years ago

    What are the differences between emotions and feelings?

    The words are often used interchangeably. For my own clarity, I understand emotions to be primarily fear-based. Emotions such as anger, jealousy and sadness, tend to contract.

    Feelings, or virtues, are rooted in universal love. Feelings, at a higher vibrational rate than emotions, are the innate divine and express as expansive compassion, serenity and bliss....

    I am wondering how you see it.

  2. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    Hello emanate presence. I do not know if it is true or not. You will have to fact check it. For me I remember all the arguments where one person says "these are my feelings." The another says, "yes, they are your feelings. Not mine." That says to me feelings are more subjective to the knower or the self. Emotions are objective to the known or the another. I read one's emotions and tend to respect their feelings. I don't know if that made sense.

    For me emotions are what I remember or know from Plutchik's wheel of emotions. However, emotions are states of being. Happiness in my view is a state of being and now an emotion. The same thing with depression is a state of being and not an emotion.

    I can say I feel depressed or happy, yet that is not an emotion. I can run around all day and smile, crack jokes that people laugh to, show through interactions concern and care. The observer sees emotions of happiness. However, the observed very well may feel depressed or the other way around too.

    Or, a disgruntled person may be demonstrating the emotion anger, yet they feel frustrated. I'll start wandering if I am  not careful. I would recommend examining Plutchiks wheel of emotions. Offer consideration to the opposites on the wheel, give pause and ponder are the displaying an emotion opposite their feeling. Like does anger really mask fear?

    Have fun (oh yeah that wheel is awesome to have nearby when writing poetry and fictional short stories or more)


    1. Emanate Presence profile image77
      Emanate Presenceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Tim, I took a look at Plutchik's wheel of emotions. It has acceptance opposite disgust, and surprise opposite anticipation. Seems more like acceptance - resistance and surprise is a response rather than an emotion. But it is interesting. Thank you!

  3. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    Emotion is much more than fear. On a broad scale, emotion goes from apathy to serenity of beingness. There are many emotions in between. Sympathy, rage, covert hostility, boredom, interest, enthusiasm, exhilaration and more. There are negative emotions and there are positive emotions.

    Feelings can include emotions, but they include much more. Things like, attachments to your possessions, the sense of self-righteousness with ego, the frustration of being stuck in traffic, and more. These feelings are not emotions, but they can evoke emotions.

    Most people wait for something to happen in order to feel an emotion, but ultimately, they are responsible for every emotion they feel. They create their emotions. All too frequently, the emotions they create are merely reactions to stimuli, but it doesn't have to be this way.

    One time, when my life was going down the toilet, I went from feeling severe depression (apathy and grief) to exhilaration -- all by creating a new emotion by decision and responsibility.

    My greatest bliss occurred moments after severe frustration that had blossomed into rage. When I took 100% responsibility for the assaults of others on my person, forgiving them completely, I felt nothing but love and utter humility. Then miracles happened, and I felt the love of God.

    1. Emanate Presence profile image77
      Emanate Presenceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wonderful comments. When you felt nothing but love and utter humility, what would you call that? Is humility, for example, an emotion, feeling, virtue or something else? I relate to your story, thank you for writing.

  4. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 5 years ago

    Feelings are best expressed with words. Emotions can be expressed without words. You can say how you feel in a word without showing any emotion. Emotions are body expressions. Feelings can be very cerebral if not connected to the inward and outward bodily expression of the emotion.

  5. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 5 years ago

    To me, feelings are the parts of your soul  that are effected from an outside source. Emotions are the reaction of that part once it's realized. Kind of like, hit your thumb with a hammer. Thumb is the part and hurt is the reaction. Bad analogy, but certainly not confusing.