Understanding Your Emotions

Do you know how you are feeling?

Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances,

mood, or relationships with others.

The word 'emotion' encompasses a broad range of feelings, behavior and changes in the body and mind. Noted professor and psychologist, Robert Plutchik listed the basic or main types of emotions as follows:

joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, anticipation, & love

These, 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. For instance, a person may feel ashamed or guilty after experiencing the primary emotion of fear.