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What is your definition of emotion?

What is your definition of emotion?







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A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, and anger.
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Re: What is your definition of emotion?

Emotions are feelings originating primarily from genetic instinctual unconditioned emotional response systems, in our brains'.






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Re: What is your definition of emotion?

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A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, and anger.
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I really appreciate the discussion.

Can I ask you questions about your definition?







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I really appreciate the discussion.

Can I ask you questions about your definition?







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Certainly you can.

You never mentioned what your definition is. Can you include yours?
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Certainly you can.

You never mentioned what your definition is. Can you include yours?
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Post #3 in thread discussion is my current general definition of emotions. (Quoted below)

But I am always interested in a more in depth discussion/definition and any possible ideas that might help improve my definition in general are always appreciated.

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A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, and anger.
When you write "..rather than through conscious effort.."

Do you mean "..rather than through" cognitive "conscious effort.."?







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When you write "..rather than through conscious effort.."

Do you mean "..rather than through" cognitive "conscious effort.."?







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Yes in general. I also think emotions may be manipulated by a conscious cognitive effort, though it hasn't really seemed to work for me. Perhaps a conscious effort takes longer and more effort than I've been able to put in.

A conscious cognitive effort for ending or lowering negative emotions seems to be more helpful for me. Kinda like a light switch. Emotions turn on subconsciously and through a conscious cognitive effort, I can dim the light with enough time, if that makes any sense.
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Yes in general. I also think emotions may be manipulated by a conscious cognitive effort, though it hasn't really seemed to work for me. Perhaps a conscious effort takes longer and more effort than I've been able to put in.

A conscious cognitive effort for ending or lowering negative emotions seems to be more helpful for me. Kinda like a light switch. Emotions turn on subconsciously and through a conscious cognitive effort, I can dim the light with enough time, if that makes any sense.
Yes, that makes sense to me.

Pretend the brain was a house with a basement foundation.

The basement foundation of the house is affective subconscious (positive and negative primary feelings without thoughts)

The house is cognitive conscious (thoughts about positive and negative secondary feelings)







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Re: What is your definition of emotion?

My definition of emotions is what you feel (and I don't mean physically feel, like when you touch something, I mean the feelings you get in your body and your brain interprets them to mean whatever you then feel)

I have no idea if this makes sense.
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My definition of emotions is what you feel (and I don't mean physically feel, like when you touch something, I mean the feelings you get in your body and your brain interprets them to mean whatever you then feel)

I have no idea if this makes sense.
This makes sense to me.

There are 3 physical types of feelings:

-Emotional feelings; enthusiasm, fear, anger..etc.

-Sensory feelings; touch, smell, vision..etc.

-Homeostatic feelings; thirsty, hungry, constipated..etc.




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This makes sense to me.

There are 3 physical types of feelings:

-Emotional feelings; enthusiasm, fear, anger..etc.

-Sensory feelings; touch, smell, vision..etc.

-Homeostatic feelings; thirsty, hungry, constipated..etc.




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Just curious mild, why do you list emotional feelings as a physical feeling?

Is it because emotions can trigger physical feelings and physical effects?
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Just curious mild, why do you list emotional feelings as a physical feeling?

Is it because emotions can trigger physical feelings and physical effects?
All 3, behavioral, neural and mental analyses considered together provide strong evidence of physical primary emotional operating systems, originating from the subcortical foundation our minds.








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