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Emotions: A Primer

Emotions: A Primer

Basic emotions like anger, surprise, disgust, joy, fear and sadness are thought to be universal, and a naturally-occuring reflexive response to a given situation, event or circumstance.

New studies show that human emotions are far more nuanced, and just like primary colors produce thousands more, our emotions are subjective, diverse and as many as all the possible human experiences.

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Emotions are a basic response to change, both internal and external, sometimes simultaneously. While our mood lasts for hours or even days, emotions are fleeting, like waves.

Emotions help us stay on our path, and also maintain our social bonds. They serve as social signals to others, as the basic emotions are visible on our faces, at least for the majority of us.

  • In Psychology, emotions can be either the result of an experience of a situation, or a certain perception of changes that occur within our bodies.
  • There are higher emotions like self-awareness, self-consciousness, and an increased sense of empathy or compassion for others.
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