Feelings are emotions that are separate from will or
knowledge. They are evoked by any mental or physical
activity and cause a person to feel good or bad about any
Generally, one experiences feelings of pleasure and
displeasure in connection with sensations. For example, it
is the sensing that the fur emits warmth that is the
feeling. One may call this reaction to the sensation of
touch a feeling.
The word feeling is sometimes used to describe the total
consciousness of a number of separate physical sensations,
such as a feeling of good health or a feeling of drowsiness.
Feelings can at times be projected, allowing a person to
sense how someone else thinks or feels. Even though one has
no direct knowledge of the frame of mind of others, one can
often guess quite accurately how someone else feels or
thinks. Projection is a form of empathy.
Many psychologists believe that emotions are learned and
that infants are born without emotions. They believe that a
growing child not only learns his emotions but learns how
to act in certain situations because of an emotion. For
example when a child first meets a snarling dog, the child
may have no emotion toward the dog. If the dog tries to
bite the child, he develops fear toward the dog. Because of
the fear that the child learned, he avoids snarling dogs in
Psychologists think that there are two types of emotions:
positive emotions and negative emotions. Positive emotions
include live, liking, joy, delight, and hope. They are
aroused by something that appeals to a person. Negative
emotions make a person unhappy or dissatisfied. they
include anger, fear, despair, sadness, and disgust.
Emotions trigger chemical and physical changes in the body
that often help to protect it against danger.