Emotions are all about how we feel inside and these feelings can affect the way we behave.


Here are some examples of the different types of emotions:

Angry – this emotion can get you into hot water if your behaviour becomes violent. It all depends on why you are mad.

Love/Joy – showing and being loved is a nice feeling. It’s not just about romance and falling in love. Other loving emotions are those of your children, siblings, parents and other family members. Some people have a passion for animals and nature. Some people will have a love for certain foods and drinks. Joy can be when you see someone who has been absent for a long time or achieving something you worked hard to secure.

Anxiety/Fear – this is the worry emotion, which can lead to stress and stress can lead to medical issues.

Sadness – we all feel sad many times in life. For instance when loved ones or longtime friends die.

Disgust – is when we are appalled by something that has happened such as a scandal that has involved a  gruesome murder or sexual abuse.

Surprise! – Everyone loves a surprise such as your off-spring showing up unexpectedly after being on tour in the forces in a hostile country, what a fantastic surprise that is for any parent!  Birthday surprise parties is another example.

Trust – this is a special one, knowing you can place your trust in someone whether family, friend or a professional person and know you can confide without any fear of that person betraying you.

Relief – this is the emotion that can bring you down from being stressed and worried to the feeling where you have just shifted a tone of weight off your shoulder.

People interpret emotions in different ways.  When thinking about emotions someone may think they felt hot when angry because of the saying ‘boiling with anger.’ However, being joyful and full of excitement can make you feel ‘light-headed!’

Let’s do an exercise

Get two pieces of paper and draw a body on each one. On the top of each head write a positive emotion and a negative one. Try to remember a time when you felt that emotion.

The following list is sub-modalities:

Where about in your body is that emotion?
In your mind what does it look like?
Does it have a colour?
Does the emotion travel about in your body and if it does draw the route it is taking around your body.
Is it travelling fast or slow?
Is the temperature of the emotion high or low?
Does the emotion have taste or smell?
If you compare emotions, they are very different, but we don’t think about them like this.

To carry on with the exercise change the speed and temperature and anything else you recorded about the emotion and see how it made you feel. Sometimes you probably noticed the feeling became weaker or stronger.

You should now have the capability to understand and control your emotions better.

I hope you found this helpful and a bit of fun. It’s something you could do as an exercise with close friends or family and then compare results.

© Life Coach You