By Anshiki Jadia
First of all, what is emotion? So we all know that emotions are our feelings. It can be anger, happiness, sadness, anger, etc. These emotions are usually considered the same as moods, but these terms are two different things. Mood can last for hours, and emotions can last from seconds to minutes.
If we talk about emotions in particular, these emotions in themselves are neither good nor bad, but no matter how we behave or not, these emotions will strongly affect our well-being.
people and their emotions
Emotions play a vital role in our lives. Even writers and poets seem unable to describe the full range and experience of human emotions. We can’t exist without them, but we rarely stop to consider how much we really have.
Humans have different emotions. How many emotions we humans have has always been a question of discussion. Some people claim that humans have 6 basic emotions, while others claim that we have as many as 34,000 unique emotions.
Let us look at the 6 basic human emotions:
• Sadness-an emotional state characterized by disappointment, pain or despair
• Happiness-a pleasant emotional state that can trigger joy, joy and Satisfaction.
• Fear of an emotion that overwhelms survival and triggers a fight or flight response.
• Anger: An emotional state that leads to feelings of hostility and frustration.
• Surprise: a short-lived emotional state, either positive or negative, after something unexpected has happened.
• Disgust: a strong emotion that leads to a feeling of rejection.
Universality of emotions
Certain emotions can be named in some cultures, but cannot be named in other cultures. Here are some examples of emotions that have no direct translation into English:
• Gunnen: Dutch, expressing happiness for the sake of others (as opposed to schadenfreude).
• Ilinx: French word for guilt of causing minor damage.
• Malu: Indonesian, which expresses the feeling of insecurity and discomfort when surrounded by people of higher status.
• Torschlusspanik: German word for fear of life passing by you.
• Umay: Tagalog, which means tiredness after having too many good things.
Some cultures place certain emotions above others. In Western culture, people tend to maximize positive emotions such as happiness. At the same time, in many Eastern cultures, people try to find a middle ground between positive and negative emotions.
Why Do We Have Emotions?
Throughout history, philosophers have been wondering whether human beings really benefit from emotions. In many cases, strong emotions will affect our judgment and cause us to do things that we will later regret. Wouldn’t it be better to operate based purely on logic?
However, many researchers believe that humans generally benefit from emotions. In the past, our emotions prompted us to adopt certain survival strategies. Each basic emotion has its own purpose. For example, when our ancestors encountered dangerous animals, fear prompted them to flee to safety. If they encounter obstacles on their way home, anger will prompt them to get rid of the problem instead of giving up. After they get home safely, the feeling of happiness will strengthen the behaviors that will help them survive.
That is, sometimes emotions can cause more problems than they solve. People with clinical anxiety may be paralyzed by fear rather than driven by fear. People with depression feel so sad that they lose the ability to feel happy. Even people without a clinical diagnosis can be overwhelmed by emotions.
In many cases, compassionate counselors can help people control painful emotions. In treatment, people can learn to recognize when emotions affect their judgment and reduce these emotions to a manageable level. They can also learn healthy ways to deal with these feelings.