Study of Emotions
Types of Emotions
Survey on Emotions
Dealing With Emotions
Study of Emotions
What are Emotions?
Most people today believe that emotions work on a number of levels. A common view
is that emotions consist of:
- This is how we interpret what we are feeling
at any time. These are inner personal experiences. How
one person interprets "being in love" will likely be
different from the next person.
- This refers to the outward signs that a feeling is being
experienced. These behaviors can be intentional or
unintentional, and includes facial expressions as well as
- This involves body changes which occur when we
experience an emotion. It is often our awareness of the
changes that makes us suddenly aware that we are
experiencing an emotion.
Functions of Emotions
Many movies and television shows portray teenagers as
bouncing balls of hormones - giving teens a bad rap. On the rare occasion where a
film or video tries to examine a teenager's emotions, the tone is often condescending. Teenagers
are people who
experience a wide range of feelings, and are not just pimply-faced troublemakers. Yes, life is
a roller-coaster ride, but our emotions serve a number of functions to keep us on track.
Important functions of emotions include:
Arousal - emotions cause us to move and take action.
Motivation - emotions provide the adrenalin to control behaviour.
Adaptive functions - emotional reactions help us cope with difficult situations and occur
when we are under stress.
Adding color to our lives - expression of feelings through art, poetry and literature
gives us enjoyment. Along with that, the expression of emotions from day to day
with people adds color too!
Controlling social interactions - identifying the emotions that
others are feeling through their facial expressions, body language
and tone of voice helps us figure out a way to respond. In some
cases, we may be attracted to another, in others, we may be
warned to move away.