Thursday, November 01, 2007

Emotions

An emotion is a "complex reaction pattern, involving experiential, behavioral, and physiological elements, by which the individual attempts to deal with a personally significant matter of event." It arises without conscious effort and is either positive or negative.

This is the definition. I am finding that recently my emotional landscape has leveled. The peaks and valleys, the positives and negatives, are not so pronounced. Perhaps I'll use this space as a place to note an emotion, and by noting it, it will register a bit more on the reaction scale.

For reference and inspiration, here's a list of emotions:
Acceptance
Affection
Aggression
Ambivalence
Anger
Apathy
Anxiety
Compassion
Confusion
Depression
Disgust
Doubt
Ecstasy
Empathy
Envy
Embarrassment
Euphoria
Fear
Forgiveness
Frustration
Guilt
Gratitude
Grief
Happiness
Hatred
Hope
Horror
Hostility
Homesickness
Hysteria
Loneliness
Love
Paranoia
Pity
Pleasure
Pride
Rage
Regret
Remorse
Sadness
Shame
Suffering
Surprise
Sympathy

3 comments:

Michael said...

Love the list. Can I add to it?

Bereft (which, I guess, is a nuanced form of Loneliness, but I like the way it sounds)

Anonymous said...

Is Boredom a condition or an emotion?

Leah said...

Is this a comment on how boring my list is? harumph!