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List of Human Emotions

When we are feeling something, we don't really stop to define that emotion or think about the exact emotion that we are experiencing. We just feel and go through it; may it be sadness, anger or happiness. As human beings, we experience a plethora of feelings and emotions in our lifetime that range over several forms and types. his article is an attempt to list down an extensive list of those emotions.

he word 'emotion' encompasses a broad range of feelings, behavior and changes in the body and mind. !oted professor and psychologist, "obert #lutchik listed the six primary or main types of emotions as follows $ fear, joy, love, sadness, surprise and anger. hese, he said, can be classified as primary, secondary and tertiary emotions. Along with the primary emotions, we also experience secondary emotions which are a direct reaction of the primary emotions. %or instance, a person may feel ashamed or guilty after experiencing the primary emotion of fear. #lutchik also stated that humans experienced not only primary and secondary emotions, but tertiary emotions as well. hese basic emotions along with the subse&uent secondary and tertiary emotions are mentioned below.

Basic Human Emotions


Fear
%ear is a response to impending danger. 't is a survival mechanism that is a reaction to some negative stimulus. 't may be a mild caution or an extreme phobia. 'f the fear is trivial it is called (trifling fear( or if the danger seems formidable it is a (serious fear(. )ne secondary emotion in this category is (nervousness(. he various tertiary emotions relating to this sub$category are* anxiety apprehension distress dread

tenseness uneasiness worry

Another secondary emotion in this category is (horror(. here are various tertiary emotions in this sub$category. he list of emotions is as follows* alarm fright horror hysteria mortification panic shock terror

Joy
+oy or happiness has shades of enjoyment, satisfaction and pleasure. here is a sense of well$ being, inner peace, love, safety and contentment. here is an existence of both, positive thinking and positive activities. he first secondary emotion is (cheerfulness(. his comprises a myriad of tertiary emotions like* amusement ecstasy gaiety euphoria bliss elation delight happiness jubilation ,est is another secondary emotion encompassing different tertiary emotions like* enthusiasm excitement exhilaration thrill he other emotions included in this category are contentment, relief, optimism, pride and enthrallment.

Love
-ove arises from a feeling of profound oneness. -ove can be platonic, romantic, religious or familial. here are certain nuances to love regarding bonding, friendship, altruism and philanthropy. As per psychology, love is to lend self$esteem to another. here are three secondary emotions $ affection, longing and lust.

Affection includes the following tertiary emotions* fondness attraction adoration sentimentality caring -ust is related to different tertiary emotions like* arousal desire passion infatuation obsession

Sadness
.adness is necessarily related to a feeling of loss and disadvantage. 'f this feeling drowns the individual it may lead to a state of depression. When a person can be observed to be &uiet, less energetic and withdrawn to himself it may be inferred that sadness exists. .uch an individual usually has a sloping body, stuck out lips and a downcast appearance of the head. /irectly related to sadness, the following tertiary emotions can be displayed* depression unhappiness misery melancholy gloom despair he secondary emotion (suffering( includes agony, hurt and anguish. Another secondary emotion(disappointment( comprises tertiary emotions like dismay and displeasure. (.hame( is a secondary emotion that can be linked to tertiary emotions like guilt, remorse and regret. he secondary emotion (neglect( can be understood by the following tertiary emotions list. insecurity alienation homesickness embarrassment humiliation %eelings of sympathy and pity are also included in this category.

Surprise
.urprise means the showing up of an unexpected result. When one experiences surprise, it is accompanied by raising of the eyebrows, hori0ontal lines on the forehead, open mouth, stretched skin below the eyebrows and wide open eyelids. /epending on the intensity, the mouth may not open, but only the jaw may drop. A momentary raise in the eyebrows is the most common evidence of surprise.

here are related tertiary emotions like* astonishment ama0ement

Anger
Anger is evoked due to injustice, conflict, humiliation, negligence or betrayal. 'f the anger is active, the individual attacks the target, verbally or physically. 'f the anger is passive, the person silently sulks and feels tension and hostility. )ften, when one empathi0es with another, anger may be displayed. 'f the purpose of the source of pain is known, the magnitude of anger is altered. )ne secondary emotion (rage( is further differentiated into tertiary emotions like* fury wrath bitterness loathing resentment hate %rustration and exasperation are similar types of tertiary emotions. he secondary emotion (irritation( involves tertiary emotions like* agitation aggravation grouchiness Another secondary emotion (disgust( comprises tertiary emotions like* revulsion contempt .ome other tertiary emotions include jealousy and torment.

List of Human Emotions


acceptance affection aggression ambivalence apathy anxiety boredom compassion confusion contempt depression doubt ecstasy empathy

envy embarrassment euphoria forgiveness frustration gratitude grief guilt hatred hope horror hostility homesickness hunger hysteria interest loneliness love paranoia pity pleasure pride rage regret remorse shame suffering sympathy

/ue to the sheer vastness and complexity involved, it is difficult to exactly define and enlist all the emotions experienced by humans. Ask any person on the street and he will say that emotion is a spontaneous feeling about any person, thing, or experience. 1motions are subjective, based on perception and uni&ue to each individual. .ome people may have more of one or some may lack in others. 't is said the more emotions one experiences, the more colorful life is. 1motions help us humans to communicate what we feel toward certain situations, people, things, and cope with everyday life situations.