How many emotions are there and what are they?
Last Updated: 06/18/2018 at 8:21am
Sarah Archer, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
As a Licensed MFT I work with clients to more effectively address, process and learn skills to manage the problems that prevent them from living the life they want.
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There are an infinite number of emotions. There are the big categories such as happy, sad and mad, but there are also sub-categories of each one, such as ecstatic, miserable, enraged. And even those can be broken up into more specific categories. While there probably is a finite number of emotions, for practical reasons, it's pretty reasonable to say there are an endless amount of emotions, and words to describe each and every single feeling you're feeling. Even words that aren't typically used to describe feeling can actually end up describing feeling, such as the word catty. Catty isn't an actual emotion, but it can be used to describe how you're feeling at the time, which would usually mean something along the lines of irritable or impulsive. And that's just the English language. Other cultures and other languages associate feelings to different words and meanings. It's really just interpretive, and deals with that the person thinks they're feeling.
There are 8 basic emotions and they are: Fear,Anger,Sadness,Joy,Disgust,Trust,Anticipation and surprise.
Emotions are nothing just a response by our body to a certain stimulus. There are many emotions . Sadness, happiness, fright, surprise, shock, anger, hate, love, lust, greed, there are many more ....:)
This is something that's a little difficult to answer in a small text box with limited time. I would suggest starting here; http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emotions
There is a huge list of human emotions that we are capable of experiencing. However often times we only experience a very limited number of emotions. I would not be able to list them all.
There is Love - hate, pride - jealousy, enjoyment - despair, courage - fear, and depression. So a total of 9, reason for the hyphens is that there is a spectrum of each category and in each category depending on the intensity we have subcategories. Things like stubbornness, obsession, and surprise occur when the main emotions change like a dial from hatred to love.
I think from a fairly theoretical standpoint the basic emotions are anger, fear, happiness, sadness, disgust, maybe surprise. All other emotions we might feel - like feeling frustrated, nervous, glad - are variations or combinations of those basic, core emotions. It's like colors - the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue can be used to create the entire spectrum of the rainbow. So there's a whole spectrum of emotions to experience.
Emotions are pretty limitless because they are highly personal. They are limited only by our vocabulary and, in English, that vocabulary is pretty huge! You can google massive lists of emotions (which is actually something I recommend, as it can help you to identify your own) and find there are many many subtle variations between seemingly synonymous words.
Emotions are infinite, just like numbers.There is an infinite diversity in feeling between sad and happy, just like there is an infinite amount of numbers between 1 and 0. We feel differently, that makes the rainbow of feelings we experience eternally changing and growing and evolving.
As many as the shades of colour as colours chance in different lighting. As many as waves in the sea, some but ripples, some can surf and some dump and crush you. As many as there are unique minds multiplied by unique situations. Too many to count or name.
There are hundreds of emotions! I couldn't name all of them off the top of my head but there are resources out there to help you understand your emotions and how to identify them.
I think that the four main emotions are : Anger, Sadness, Happiness and Anxiety. All of the other things that you feel are linked to these four main emotions.
I wouldn't say you could put a specific number on how many emotions there are because we are all individuals and we all feel things differently, and to different extents.
There are 6: anger, joy, disgust, fear, sadness and surprise. These are the main and most easily identifiable emotions.
there are four basic human emotions, but actually there are six basic emotions: anger, fear, surprise, disgust, happiness and sadness
There are 6 principal emotions: anger, happiness, fear, sadness, surprise and disgust. There are many also, but these are the basic ones.
Emotions exist on a spectrum! There are hundreds of different emotions, some being very similar, with the same underlying ingredients and some very different. Think of it like a painter's palette of colors, with emotions being made up of a lot of different parts!
There are a massively huge range of emotions. They are not limited to happy and sad because there are emotions in between. It is like looking at a rainbow there are the basic colours but how many shades or blue or green are there? The list goes on. There are the main emotions such as happy but they can be broken down into smaller categories and ranges such as how happy is someone? like slightly happy or overjoyed. There are many different forms of research into this topic which is quite interesting. However the most common theory is Aristotle found 14 emotions fear, confidence, anger, friendship, calm, enmity, shame, shamelessness, pity, kindness, envy, indignation, emulation, and contempt.
Emotions is what makes u human, what makes u determine right from wrong. Else you will just be a person with no feelings. Don't think that is quite interesting..
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