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 4 Types of Meta-emotions:

4 Types of Meta-emotions:

  • negative-negative (e.g., feeling embarrassed about feeling sad)
  • negative-positive (e.g., feeling guilty about feeling happy)
  • positive-positive (e.g., feeling hopeful about feeling relieved)
  • positive-negative (e.g., feeling pleased about feeling angry). 

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Negative-negative meta-emotions

... are the most common type. This indicates that many people get upset, nervous, or angry about their own negative emotions, in particular.

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Negative emotions are important
They are signals that alert you when something is not right in your environment. They can also serve as signals to others that you need help or support.

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Meta-emotions are feelings about feelings
A meta-emotion is an emotion that occurred in response to another emotion: Perhaps you teared up while watching a sappy movie with friends, then felt embarrassed about feeling sad. Or perhaps when you were a child, you felt happy your sibling was reprimanded, then felt guilty about feeling happy. 

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Dealing with meta-emotions
  • It's important to know which emotions you are feeling before you can start to change your reactions to those emotions. 
  • It also helps to appreciate your negative emotions and the work they do for you.

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If, despite your efforts, you’re still experiencing a lot of guilt or it’s interfering with your ability to function, consider seeking professional help. Guilt can be a symptom of depression, PTSD, or other mental health issues.

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