Emotions and feelings: How to Understand What You Really Feel

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Emotions and feelings are hard to express through words sometimes. We all know the basic emotions like being happy or sad.

But did you know that emotions and feelings are more in depth than that. They help add color and dimension to our stories and experiences.

Sometimes wanting to explain yourself is a lot more complex than just I am either happy or sad.

Other times we might get emotions mixed up with one another and explain ourselves the wrong way to where others might misunderstand us.

A reference guild to common emotions and feelings and what they really mean:

Positive Emotions– has a positive impact on our mental health and physical well-being.

Negative Emotions– has a poor impact on mental health and physical well-being.

Anger – is a strong negative emotional state in which we feel frustrated, annoyed, irritated.


Anxiety– is a negative emotional state in which we feel fear, worry, dread, tension, and restlessness.

Bitterness– is a negative emotional state in which we feel begrudged, resentment, cynicism, and victimhood.


Contempt– is a negative emotion in which we feel superior to another person, group, or thing.


Defeated– is a negative emotion in which we feel like we can’t overcome something or a situation, beaten, down- and- out, or discouraged.


Despair– is a negative emotion in which we feel a loss of hope in the situation. We become negative in thinking that things will not get better.


Disappointment– is a negative emotion in which we feel our expectations were not met. Our hopes of something happening did not come to fruition.


Disgust– is a negative emotion in which we feel a strong dislike or distaste for something.


Envy– is a negative emotion in which we feel negative arousal by the fact that another has what you want.


Fear– is an extremely powerful emotion that signals feelings of danger and harm.

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Fear in it’s healthy form, helps warn us of situations that could hurt or cause harm to us. Then motivates us to want to improve the situation where it is safer for us.

Fear in it’s unhealthy form, can cripple us and cause us to imagine such dangers even though there might not be a real apparent danger.

Imagination can induce fear if we are not careful in distinguishing what is real and false.


Guilt– is a negative self-conscious emotion in which we feel that we have done something poorly or wrong. We feel that we are to blame for our inadequacy.


Insecurity– is a negative emotion in which we feel we do not measure up in comparison to a standard. Insecurity affects our self-esteem and can make us feel inadequate.


Jealousy– is a negative emotion where we feel insecure about our position in comparison to another person or thing.


Joy– is a positive emotion where you feel happy and delightful .


Regret– is a negative emotion in which you feel you could have prevented a certain outcome if you acted or behaved differently.


Rejection– is a negative emotion where we feel we have not been accepted by others and or they disapprove of us.


Remorse– is a negative feeling in which you feel deep regret for doing something wrong in the past.


Resentment– is a negative emotion where you felt that you were treated unfairly in a particular situation.

Click here to read more on how to let go of resentment.


Sadness– is a negative emotion where we feel emotional pain. It is usually coupled with feelings of unhappiness and loss.


Shame– is a negative emotion in which you feel bad about yourself because of a character flaw.
Sometimes wanting to explain yourself is a lot more complex than just I am either happy or sad.


Sorrow– is a deep negative emotion of feeling sad and regret after a great loss.

Author: Anna Rose

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