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Negative emotions

Negative emotions

Dislike, anger, contempt, disgust and hate are all negative emotions, but they represent different states:

  • Dislike — you prefer not to be near someone (e.g. someone that makes jokes in poor taste)
  • Anger — you want to change someone's bad behavior (e.g. someone smoking in a non-smoking area)
  • Contempt — you look down on someone (e.g. a manager who treats their team poorly)
  • Disgust — you consider someone immoral or undesirable (e.g. someone bullying weak people)
  • Hate — you view someone as the opposite of your core moral beliefs (e.g. beliefs regarding abortion)


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Goals of negative emotions

Goals of negative emotions

Negative emotions have evolved to help us coordinate our physiological, cognitive and behavioral systems for dealing with threats. Thus, each emotion has a goal:

  • Dislike — to guide our general preferences
  • Anger — to change someone's behavior in the short-term
  • Contempt — to derogate and exclude someone
  • Disgust — to avoid someone
  • Hate — to eliminate someone from our life


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Hate is the strongest negative emotion. It's intense and enduring, and it's based on the fact that others are threatening our view of a good life or society. It makes us want to eliminate others, rather than just distance ourselves from them.

Compared to the other emotions, hate is:

  • Most distinct from anger and dislike
  • Somewhat less distinct from contempt
  • Least distinct from disgust

The plot is meant to show the relationship between the negative emotions, and is based on my understanding of the findings in the research paper.


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This post about hate (https://dsta.sh/cipiKWBBYr3BX8kW9) made me curious about the nuances of disliking someone. So I went through the original article and research paper, and got 3 cool ideas. These should help you better label your emotions as well


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