Emotions and Feelings

For Me Ness

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Is Mood Real?

The fuzzy term “mood” may not mean much. Perhaps, mood refers to sustained feelings or to an assortment of related feelings that tend to recur or are prevalent. Feeling states can be euphoric when everything feels good to dysphoric when everything feels bad. The term “happy” does not refer to an emotion or to a single feeling but to a recurring feeling state and associated thoughts that are optimistic. Recurrent positive feelings merge into a nonspecific sense of pleasure and well being that we call “happiness.” The term “sad” refers to similar but negative feelings that are associated with pessimistic thoughts and withdrawal from world events. Sad is usually a response to loss or impending loss.

Humans have a range of attachments to others, animals, objects and even ideas. The risk of attachment is the possibility of loss. The degree of sadness is a measure of the relative importance of a loss. Rejection by others is common causes of sadness and social withdrawal.

The death of a loved one causes grief, the most intense feeling response to loss. Young humans will grieve over losses which more experienced adults would consider minor or even trivial. Loss of social status for some, especially adolescents, is a disaster that triggers death thoughts and suicide attempts and/ or aggression against others.

Thinking (selftalk) shifts as feelings shift. People notice different feelings and thoughts when they move through different eigenstates. They notice that their feelings are linked to their selftalk subjects. The description “depressed mood” refers to persistent sad feelings and irritability, associated with gloomy and pessimistic thoughts. A happy person has good feelings associated productive and optimistic thoughts.

When thoughts shift to negative themes, critical evaluations of oneself and others dominate selftalk and repeat like endless-loop tapes. The cognitive styles and structures attached to different feelings may be so distinct and dissociated from other cognitive structures that different personalities (eigenstates) emerge in the same person.

    Emotions and Feelings

  • This book investigates the for-me-ness of experiences, using psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. Everyone has some idea what emotions and feelings are but their exact nature is elusive. We can begin by noting that emotions and feelings are not the same. Generally, humans are ignorant of internal processes and invent all manner of imaginary and irrelevant explanations to explain feelings. The term “emotion” is best used to point to animal and human behavior. There are a small number of primary emotions and variations that involve mixtures of emotional displays feelings and behaviors. Joy, anger, fear and pain are pure emotions. Other, more complex and derivative experiences act as interfaces to emotions. Love, jealousy and hate are not emotions. These are descriptions of complex interactions and evaluations that involve a range of feelings and interface to true emotions some of the time. Euphoria is the benefit of being in love. Sadness and anger are the cost of being in love. Jealousy, like love, is another complex of cognitions, feelings and emotions that exist to monitor and regulate close relationships. The absence of emotional display is highly valued in polite society. Humans have advanced toward civil and productive social environments that are emotionally neutral. Emotional neutrality is a requirement for acceptable behavior in school and work environments.

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