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I think this should be expanded a lot, but I'll admit that it does have a lot in common with Emotions. Still, I think this is not the best us Wikipedians can do. I'm not an expert, but I know someone out there is. Lockeownzj00 20:01, 25 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Feelings and emotions are similar but not the same[edit]

According to the author on emotions, there are unvoluntary neurological responses associated with emotions. I see feelings more as information about situations that leaves us with choices of actions. Feelings we can understand and interpret differently, depending on many factors, such as our skill in dealing with a situation or such as our history of exposure to a situation. If we are approached by someone showing clear signs of intending harm we can get petrified if we have no skill in defense. If we, however, are black-belts in Te Kwon Do, we may not feel the same panic. If we as young children associated Santa Claus with abuse we may see Santa as a grave threat and it would qualify as a neurotic feeling reaction or one that does not respond to the situation at hand but a previous one that has nothing to do with now. If anger is our response to not getting what we want or having our will obstructed, this information can be accepted for what it is and we can choose other strategies to fulfill our wishes.

Tibetan Buddhism as well as hindu yoga traditions have a lot to offer in this field. it would be a monumental task to sift out things from vast canonical reserves these traditions have but they cannot be left out.Hope someone with competance takes it up. a larger canvas is certainly required.

I edited the opening because it was redundant, rambling and biased against possible future computer consciousness.

Feelings and thoughts must exist together?[edit]

I disagree with the statement that feelings and thoughts can only exist together. I think it's entirely possible to experience a feeling without knowing what it reminds you of. Most likely you will try to link thoughts to it, but there is a point when you haven't done it yet - so they can exist without the other.

I believe the psychologist Robert Zajonc demonstrated quite convincingly in the laboratory that feelings can exist without cognition, or in his words, preferences do not require inferences. --Jcbutler 07:39, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

I added in some connective tissue between thoughts and feelings based on psychology found in RET/TA/NLP and othersJiohdi 20:41, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

I agree that feelings are thoughts are different and similar there are many relationships between them, there are many more differences as well, I discuss the relationship between emotions, feelings and thoughts in my online book "The Psychology of Emotions, Feelings and Thoughts" it has many new advances in understanding what an emotion is, i suggest it as an external link? (i don't know how to add an external links section so i haven't done that however) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) feelings are also counted on the variations of the body by are horographic responses that connect to the emoticons in the earliest stages by are nervous pictorial mercenaries — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:14, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

The word “feeling” has a double meaning, referring to both emotion and the resulting physical sensation. I believe the second meaning of Feelings (Physical Sensations) are biological feedback to Thoughts[edit]


For example if someone can't work out a complex problem the resulting emotions can be confusion and/or frustration. However, how does our bodies communicate this to us..... by the feeling of headache in some cases. Feelings are actually energy flowing thru your body, negative energy like frustration/or confusion can cause headache - pain in the head. The energy is building up because you are intensely thinking about a problem and not finding a answer that will satisfy them... this is not good for the brain and it leads to the feeling of frustration and/or confision. Problems occur with your emotional health when you don't listen or notice your feelings. Your feelings are providing you with important sensory feedback about your thoughts. 3

There is only three modes of feelings. Good, Bad and Neutral. Negative emotions like frustration and confusion will lead to negative feelings, telling you to alter your thinking. Positive emotions like joy and content will lead to Good feelings.

The most important thing is feelings are sensors or indicators no different from an oil gauge or pressure gauge. You can't control sensors or indicators they are there to provide biological feedback about your thought process and resulting emotions. The important thing is to listen and notice the feelings. Therefore all feelings are actually necessary and healthy part of human function.

An analogy might be a marathon runner who starts to feel physical sensations of pain in his right leg whilst running, if the pain grows its telling him there is something wrong and he needs to change his stride or stop running. People need to listen and notice the physical sensations of feelings because they are giving them guidance.

Anxiety and panic disorders are a result of someone who is not listening or being guided by their physical feelings, they might even be blocking the physical flow of energy (feelings)! This can be done by ignoring your emotions such as frustration and confusion and blocking those feelings by ignoring them or resisting them using more thoughts, which will eventually lead to more serious conditions such as anxiety and panic. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashleyjoyce (talkcontribs) 12:49, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I'd like to add to the above. Imagine if you didn't have feelings? How would someone know when to stop confused thinking? Have you ever felt the temperature of your forehead when you've been intensly thinking about a difficult problem? It can become extremely hot, because of the release of energy from all the extra thought processes going on in your brain. The body needs to have warning signals just like an overtemperature switch on a computer, which might cut in a fan to cool down the processor from overheating. Well the body has emotions like frustration which generate feelings, which is a flow of energy in the form of sensations which may cause headache. This pain is the warning system that the thought process is not good and needs to be altered or reduced. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashleyjoyce (talkcontribs) 13:00, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Smallest common denominator ?[edit]

About one year ago, this page (Feeling) had interesting content, relating feelings to neurology and how impressions translates to information through release of neuro-chemicals -- that feelings are a complex information system regarding the events and situations we are exposed to. All that has now been taken away and is replaced with pablum that says nothing, explains nothing and I am very sad to see how some members of the community has stripped the original article of all meaning and interest ! If this is the common denominator I am very discouraged about the process. Carllindstrom (talk) 10:14, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

single source[edit]

I removed this warning, because other sources have been added. Llamabr (talk) 15:24, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

    • Bibliography**
  • Horne, O., & Csipke, E. (2009). From feeling too little and too much, to feeling more and less? A nonparadoxical theory of the functions of self-harm. Qualitative Health Research, 19(5), 655-667. doi:
  • Bar-Anan, Y., Wilson, T. D., & Gilbert, D. T. (2009). The feeling of uncertainty intensifies affective reactions. Emotion, 9(1), 123-127. doi:

Shandab96 (talk) 20:02, 23 February 2016 (UTC)Shanda

  • Outline*

Feelings 1. The Effects of feeling too much or too little

  - How feelings can lead to self-harm
  - How feelings can lead to pain and other experiences

2. Emotional or not Emotional

  - How feelings serve as cues for the body
  - Scenario where one person exhibited no emotion and its affects on the body versus when   someone exhibited emotion and its affects on the body

3. The Feeling of Uncertainty

  - How lack of information affects feelings
  - Having a lack of information or being misinformed affects feeling
     * Show how emotions will be heightened or not based on lack of information. 

Shandab96 (talk) 20:02, 23 February 2016 (UTC)Shanda

@Shandab96: Shanda, this is a great start. Please continue doing an excellent job. I recommend, however, that you check with Sarah, our research librarian, to look for more recent and more relevant sources from reputable sources (academic journals, books, etc). But keep up the great work! Alfgarciamora (talk) 13:23, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

Many people if not all buy products in hoping that this certain product will make them feel a certain way either happy, excited, beautiful or etc...For example, Some women buy beauty products in hopes of achieving a state of happiness or a sense of self beauty. We use past events in past events in our lives to form schemas in our minds and based on those past experiences we expect our lives to follow a certain script just because of a past event.

Let's say you purchase a product and the following day you receive several comments based on your use of that product. Those compliments made you feel elated or beautiful, the chances are in the future that you are going to purchase that product again because using it in the past made you feel extremely happy.

Title: How do you feel about that Many of us have heard the quote "How do you feel about that" or "How does that make you feel" and many of us ask ourselves this question on the daily basis. We predict that a certain something will give us our desired outcome or feeling of expectation; however, in reality sometimes when we do indulge in what we thought would make us happy or excited sometimes it only causes a temporary fill or it might actually gives us the complete opposite results than we had expected. We do things in life in hopes to satisfy our feelings.

Incorporating or thinking about our past feelings, helps us make decisions. A study was done to show how pleased a person would feel if they purchased flowers for themselves for no specific reason (birthday, anniversary, promotion or etc...) just because and how long they thought that feeling would last. People who had no experience of purchasing flowers for themselves and those who had experienced buying flowers for themselves were tested. Results showed that those who had purchased flowers in the past for themselves felt happier and that feeling lasted longer versus a person who had never experienced purchasing flowers for themselves. This was a prime example of how past experiences of feelings influence our current decision making. We use past feelings to dictate how we will feel in the future and if we in turn want to feel that way again.[1]Shandab96 (talk) 06:31, 8 March 2016 (UTC)Shanda

Self-Harm What do you feel when you feel? We are all familiar with feelings of anger, happiness, joy, stress, and excitement. When we are feeling these emotions our bodies are reacting as well. When we are nervous we feel knots in our stomach or when we are angry the very hairs on our bodies tend to rise.

Feelings can lead to harm and also blissful things. When an individual is dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress and problems in their lives, it can lead them to cause self harm. When one is in a good state of feeling they never want it to end; however, when someone is in a bad place in their life they just want that feeling to go away or stop completely. Inflicting harm or pain to oneself is sometimes the answer for many individuals because they just want something to keep their mind off the real problem or issue that is going on in their lives. The individual figures that the pain they are causing to themselves is not as bad as what their actual problem is. These individuals cut, stab, and starve themselves in efforts to feel something other than their current feeling. Distraction is not the only reason why many individuals choose to inflict self harm. Some people inflict self harm not to numb or distract themselves from that feeling they were feeling earlier, but they inflict self pain as a way to punish themselves for feeling a certain way--Shandab96 (talk) 23:31, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

The Feeling of Knowing or Not Knowing

If we encountered an angry individual, how would that make us feel? We could either respond back to the anger individual in the same demeanor that he or she did, or we could maintain our calm. When we see angry people walking about in society we do not know what made that individual angry or how long they have been angry. When we see someone who is cursing or angry we automatically assume the worst of that person. What we fail to realize is that maybe that individual probably lost a loved one or is really going through a tough time. If someone was yelling at you and you had no clue why they were behaving in such manner you would probably yell back at the individual and feel as if the person was just arrogant or purely rude. However, if that same scenario occurred and you did know the person was going through a hard time you would adhere to the feeling rules and sympathize with the individual and you might even try to help that person.

Timothy D. Wilson, a psychology professor tested this theory of the feeling of uncertainty along with his colleague Yoav Bar-Anan, a social psychologist. Wilson and Bar-Ann found that the more uncertain or unclear an individual is about a situation, the more invested they are. Which basically means since an individual does not know the background or the ending of a story they are constantly replaying an event in their mind which is causing them to have mixed feelings of happiness, sadness, excitement, and et cetera.

It is in our human nature to want to know every detail about something in hopes to maximize our feeling for that moment, but Wilson found that feeling uncertain can lead to something being more enjoyable because it has a sense of mystery. In fact the feeling of not knowing can leave our minds to wonder off and to constantly think and feel about what could've been. (talk) 23:31, 28 March 2016 (UTC)Shanda

Title: Emotion Work There are two types of emotion work, evocation and suppression. Evocation is used to obtain or bring up a certain feeling and suppression is used to put away or hide certain unwanted feelings. Emotion work is done by you yourself, others upon you, or you upon others. Emotion work is done to achieve a certain feeling that one believes they should feel. Shandab96 (talk) 21:20, 12 April 2016 (UTC)Shanda

There are three types of emotion work: cognitive, bodily, and expressive. Cognitive changes images, bodily changes physical aspects, and expressive changes gestures. A person who is sad uses expressive emotion work to lift their spirits by trying to smile. A person who is stressed uses bodily emotion work by trying to breathe slower in order to lower stress levels. Emotion work allows individuals to change their feelings to suit the current situation

Feelings are deemed appropriate if they fit the current situation. Since individuals want to fit in and be normal, they are constantly working on their feelings in order to fit the situation. Emotion work is more so how people want to feel or how they want other people to see them feel. Feelings are not permanent, but an ongoing thing because people constantly try to bring up, suppress, or manage feelings.

Title: Class and Feelings Class differences influence and varies how a parent raises their child. Middle-class parents raise their child through the use of feelings and lower-class parents raise their children through behavior control. Middle-class parents and lower-class parents raise their children to be like them feeling and behavioral wise. Middle-class children get reprimanded for feeling the wrong way and lower-class children are punished for behaving in a bad manner or behavior. Lionel Trilling, an author and literary critic described the technique that the middle and the lower class parents use over under-working and overworking their children's feelings causes them to seek approval of their feelings in the future. When children of the lower class of working class family go out into the work field they are less prepared for emotional management than the middle class children. Shandab96 (talk) 01:28, 13 April 2016 (UTC)Shanda

Arlie R. Hoschild, a sociologist depicted two account of emotion. The organismic emotion is the outburst of emotions and feelings. In organismic emotion, emotions/ feelings are not thought about prematurely, but instantly expressed. In organismic emotion social and other various factor do not influence how the emotion is perceived, so these factors have no control onto how or if the emotion is suppressed or expressed.

In interactive emotion, emotions and feelings are controlled. In interactive emotion the individual is constantly in a conversation as to how to react or what to suppress. Unike in organismic emotion, in interactive emotion the individual is aware of their decision on how they feel and how they show it.

Erving Goffman, a sociologist and writer compared how actors withheld their emotions to the everyday individual. Like actors, individuals can control how the emotions are expressed, but they cannot control the emotion or feelings that they feel on the inside. Inner feelings can only be suppressed in order to achieve the expression you want people to see on the outside. Goffman explains that emotions and emotional experience are an ongoing thing that an individual is consciously and actively working through. Individuals want to conform to society with their inner and outer feelings.Shandab96 (talk) 22:04, 14 April 2016 (UTC)Shanda