The Different Types of Emotions

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The Different Types of Emotions
There are many different ways to feel happy. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There are good emotions and there are bad emotions. Although nobody likes to feel the bad emotions, the negative feelings help one appreciate the good feelings. There are countless numbers of emotions experienced by people every single day. The millions of different feelings can be categorised into five common types of emotions.


Anger can rear its head in a number of different circumstances and many different ways. When people are deeply hurt by another individual, frustration and vengeance can be felt. Experiencing an annoying situation or disappointment can cause different forms of angry feelings.


Different levels of fear can have different effects on the body. Fear of losing one's job or paying the bills can cause stress. Nervousness is also a type of fear that can be felt when facing a phobia, such as speaking in front of large groups of people. Applying for a new job or asking someone on a date can be daunting tasks if you are worried about rejection.


Happiness is felt in many different ways. There are times people can feel extremely ecstatic, such as winning the lottery or accepting a marriage proposal. Cuddling with a pet or spouse can elicit a different type of happiness, such as contentment or comfort. Cheerfulness is an emotion commonly expressed when everything is going right. Hearing a child laugh or stepping outside on a sunny day can bring on different feelings of elation. Receiving good news, such as a clean bill of health, will bring about feelings of relief.


Losing someone close can bring on extreme feelings of sadness. Experiencing a bad day where nothing seems to be going right can bring on feelings of discouragement. Depression over a long period of time can cause different levels of sadness depending on the circumstances.


Love can be felt for different people at different times. Love for your child is much different than the love you have for your mother or spouse. Different levels of love can be felt for different people at various times. An elevated feeling of love might be felt when a spouse brings home a surprise or when a child expresses her love for you out of the blue. Love for your country can be expressed as pride, while love for your father might feel deeper.

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