Emotions (includes feelings)


Feelings are an expression of your emotion.

Despite our many technological advances

"...Human connections continue to be made through the expression of human feelings..."

David Rothkopf, 2016

Understanding emotions is a very important part of handling change management, especially as people will react differently to aspects of change. The emotions will display their reaction to what is happening.

To truly understand yourselves,  you need to know what your emotions mean.

The amygdala in the brain's command centre controls your emotions. It assesses stimuli from the outside world

"...it triggers a clatter of responses, raising the heartbeat, instructing the glands to secrete hormones, contracting the limbs or making an eye twitch..."

Tiffany Watt Smith, 2015

Emotions are more than bio-chemical and electrical interactions in the brain.

"...our emotions involve physical responses, and they are affected by our conscious mind..."

Tiffany Watt Smith, 2015

NB Emotions are important parts of our development.

"...Our emotions underpin our most apparently rational ideas, helping us weigh up our choices and motivating the decisions we make..."

Tiffany Watt Smith, 2015

Some interesting examples of emotions: group 'euphoria' can create a stock market bubble and group 'panic' can lead to an economic recession/depression.

Cultural Influences

Sometimes culture can shape your biological responses; as a result there are no universal signals from different emotions. What might be regarded as 'petty' in one culture be taken very seriously in another. For example, patting somebody on the head is okay in the Western culture; however, it is very rude in the Buddhist culture.

Different cultures have different ways of conceptualising their emotions and feelings.

Despite these cultural differences there are some basic emotions like disgust, fear, surprise, anger, happiness, sadness, love and joy.

The context of the emotions is important

"...the meaning we charge an emotion with change our experience of it. They determine whether we greet a feeling with delight or trepidation, whether we savour it or feel ashamed. Ignore these differences and lose most of what makes our emotional experiences what they are......how the human world, with its moral values and political hierarchies, assumptions about gender, sexuality, race and class, philosophical views and scientific theories..."

Tiffany Watt Smith, 2015

Emotional health or emotional intelligence (EQ) (for more details see other parts of the Knowledge Base) is about

"... Being able to identify your own and other people's emotions, and to use them as a guide to making decisions, was as important in determining success as the measure of IQ. Awareness of emotions has been shown to be strongly correlated greater resilience in times of stress, with performance at work, with better management and negotiation skills and with more stable relationships at home..."

Tiffany Watt Smith, 2015

There is some research that shows the way our faces move might change the way we feel (Max Planck Institute, 2008).

Many emotions are temporary and subjective.



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