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What You Need To Know About Feelings And Emotions

The Difference between feelings and emotions

In everyday conversation, most people use these two words interchangeably, but this does not mean that they are one and the same. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an agreement among experts as to what distinguishes a feeling from an emotion. The Feeling Theory of Emotion does equate one with the other, but theres more opposition than support for this line of thinking.

Many renowned philosophers including Aristotle, Descartes, and Spinoza reject the feeling theory because they believe that emotions have a cognitive element. Feelings do not as these are mental states that do not involve cognition.

Other attempts at differentiating the two are less complicated. For the psychologist Robert Plutchik who developed the Wheel of Emotions that is still used as a reference today feelings are simply the result of two core emotions combining. The feeling of contempt, for instance, is the product of the basic emotions anger and disgust.

For many neuroscientists, the difference between emotions and feelings starts with point of origin. An emotion originates from the brains sub cortex region. A feeling, on the other hand, starts in the neocortex. The implications here are simple:

Emotions are the bodys response to external stimuli and are what helped mankind survive and thrive in the world. Feelings are the minds response to emotions. Of course, these are not absolute statements. As mentioned earlier, there is no consensus yet on what emotions and feelings are, and how exactly they are related.

A List of Human Emotions There are many takes on what the basic emotions are. Among the more popular theories are those by Plutchik (mentioned above), and Paul Ekman a psychologist who was one of the first to study the relationship between emotions and facial expressions. Plutchik maintained that there are 8 core emotions (4 pairs of opposites), namely:

Fear - anger Surprise - anticipation Joy - sadness Trust - disgust

Ekman, in his study, brought the number down to 6 universal emotions. These are the following:

Joy Surprise Sadness Disgust Fear Anger

An Important Recent Study

While the two lists mentioned above are referenced often, it is important to note that recent research from the University of Glasgows Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology has further narrowed down the list of basic emotions to four (4):

Happiness Sadness Fear/Surprise Anger/Disgust

The study modifies Ekmans list, and the explanation is that fear and surprise, and anger and disgust, exhibit the same facial expressions. This observation led researchers to combine the said emotions and not treat them as distinct. It was also mentioned that the differences between them developed later, and only for social reasons.

Feel Good About Your Self

If you want to enjoy good health as well as a sense of well-being, you must certainly feel good about yourself. Those who do not feel good about themselves are more likely to feel that they are inferior to other people. The feeling of inferiority will lead to health problems both physical and mental. When one feels good about himself or herself he or she thinks positively and will be very actively involving in various activities and people who feel good about themselves are able to lead a happy, healthy and comfortable life. Our surroundings, the people around us, the food we eat, the various facilities we have, the weather, the time available for us to sleep as well as relax and various other factors always influence our emotional state and it is quite natural that at times one may feel insecure, inadequate or inconvenient depending upon these factors. However, in such situations one can again start feeling better about him by way of bolstering his feeling of self-worth. Here are a few tips that will help a person to feel good about him in all kinds of situations. If you want to be more positive in your life here is my blog

Replace negative thoughts with positive and realistic thoughts

All human beings listen to their inner voice which is called self-talk. Our inner voice interprets each and every situation that we come across. The interpretations are based on our beliefs, values and the thoughts of our conscious as well as subconscious mind. Whenever the self-talk is negative we find it difficult to feel good about ourselves. One should make it a practice to challenge the negative thoughts. By way of factual and realistic thinking one should find out a solution to the problem so as to get out of the negative thinking. Take sufficient time to fulfill your requirements

Everyone has to honor his commitment to his employer or in case of self employment or ones own business; one has to take care of all the activities. Hence, it is quite natural that one may get only limited time to look after the activities pertaining to his personal interests. However, one should ensure that he gets sufficient time to fulfill his personal responsibilities. When we are able to fulfill our personal requirements and requirements of our family we feel good about ourselves.

Recollect all your accomplishments and gain confidence from them

If your inner voice complains that you failed to do good things in your life do not agree with that. You challenge your inner voice and recollect your accomplishments. You will be able to prepare a list of big and small achievements that you have made in your life and it will help you to build up your confidence. When you are convinced that you have done a few good things in your life you can very well feel good about yourself.

The Use Of Body Language To Attain Proper Persuasion

How do you persuade someone? How can you persuade a group of people? Indeed, persuasion is something that is very much difficult to achieve especially if you know so little about the methods, principles and fundamentals employed in various learning method which makes use of the power of the mind to adapt change and behavioral responses.

One should know that the reason as to why a lot of people fail in persuasion is because they have employed the wrong techniques in persuading. True, in as much as persuasion is an art, it is also a science. A lot of people would find it absurd to regard persuasion as a science. But it is, in fact, an actual science. If one knows a thing or two about Neuro-Linguistic Programming which is an effective learning method for you to deal and adapt to the changes and challenges in your environment, one would be able to know that there are effective ways for you to employ persuasion.

Handling persuasion through body language:

No matter how good you are in persuading others through reason, there are still other factors that most people have to consider for them to be persuaded. It is true that valid and justified words make an effective persuasion; body language is actually the most important one. In fact, more than 50% of the message that we convey are done through body language. Thus, it is only but reasonable for the people we interact with to also rely on our body language before they get persuaded.

Fortunately, the following body languages are considered to be very effective so that you will be able to effectively persuade others. These are the following:

The use of your arms

The use of your arms indicate how secured you are when talking with someone. It is best that you dont rains your arms over your chest area because it signifies that you are fearful or being defensive.

Make gestures based on the level of your head

In this way, you are signifying that your energy level is at par especially when you are interacting with people.

Do not do unnecessary moves

Touching your hair, your face or any part of your body especially while you are talking signifies that you are not so sure of yourself. This will discourage people from taking you seriously.

Indeed, there are a lot of ways to persuade people. But having a sure and firm body language allows you better chance to be able to persuade others.

How Hypnosis For Confidence Can Help You

You might have noticed that through the years you have lost your confidence. There are many reasons why a persona can lose confidence. Some people lose confidence because they have tried to do something in the past many times and they have failed. Other reasons might be depression, loss of a job, grieving, etc

There are many ways to boost your confidence and develop respect for yourself as an individual and as a member of your community. Self Hypnosis is one of them. Lets see why hypnosis can help you.

Hypnosis for Confidence

Hypnosis can be done by listening to a tape or CD or even by working with a trained hypnotherapist.You might have a busy life and for whatever reason you cant get help from an hypnotherapist. That is why you can listen instead to a session that is taped and listen to it regularly. One of the reasons hypnosis is so popular is because it is relatively inexpensive, have no risks and is effective. But the most important key to this process is that you can attain results very quick without a lot of struggle and effort.

Hypnosis is a suggestion therapy where a person is in a state of heightened awareness of himself. Therefore, it is easier to make him respond to directions and suggestions. Hypnosis does not harm a person. Many people misunderstand the concept, and they think that the goal is to control or brainwash. By any means hypnosis will force you to do something that is embarrassing o you are not willing to do.

Hypnosis has been officially endorsed as a therapeutic method by psychological, medical, psychiatric, dental, and psychological associations throughout the world. It has also used for preparing patients or anesthesia to reduce the doses. Hypnosis for confidence can help you to increase your belief in yourself, enabling you to feel more proficient and in control of a situation.It ca help you to have a strong visual image of yourself being calm and self-assured. Whether you are experiencing low confidence over personal issues, like meeting new people, going to a party, presenting a speech or going to an interview hypnosis for confidence is the perfect tool to use

When you use self-hypnosis by downloading a mp3 or listening to a CD you have the freedom to use it anytime and as many times as you like. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is usually most effective when you are not tired. These are some reasons why hypnosis for confidence can help you. Start today and gradually you will see your life changing for better

Stress: Know How To Defeat It

Our modern way of life is more stressful than that of previous decades. Todays urban living, with its competition and conflicts, produces anxieties and tensions. And now, within recent years, there are a number of ways for us to medically combat stress. In fact, some medicines and drugs have been developed bearing the promise that they can cure your stress.

However, in this case, stress has been considered a sickness which can only be cured by medicine or drugs. In fact, some forms of medicine may require that of supervision from a physician. Here, the benefits of medicine are being used so as to calm a stressed person and lower such hormones that would trigger him to be stressful.

But then again, stress is not generally considered a sickness. In fact, almost all of us would feel stressed. This does not mean that he has to resort to medical means and avail over the counter drugs for it. Stress can also be considered psychological and emotional in nature. Thus, when you are able to properly manage your stress level, it can also be considered an effective way for you to defeat stress.

Change of lifestyle to combat stress:

One way of successfully being able to combat stress is that one should be able to cultivate an attitude of trust. This means that one should be able to establish a broad base of confidence in himself, in his fellow peers, and in the system itself. It has been noted that those who are able to simply have that feeling of self confidence should allow you to lower your stress levels as you know that you can handle whatever challenges that may lie ahead of you.

It may be problems in the work or at home, one should have that feeling that you would still be able to overcome it. Indeed, perception is the key. If you are confident enough that you can handle stress, you really can. All it takes is that belief in yourself.

Still, there are other ways and means for you to effectively deal with stress. But the key and the most fundamental attitude that you need to have is that you must be able to think that you can through a healthy amount of self-confidence.

After which, you would have the right mindset to take your time off and focus on your favorite recreational activities such as swimming, walking and reading.