Why it is important to acknowledge and label what we feel.

If we cannot name an emotion so we can express it, it can affect us and those around us negatively. Not being able to name or label an emotion can cause a negative physiological response in the body. This can even occur with positive emotions if we are unable to express them. By labeling an emotion we get a deeper understanding of them. It helps you understand what happened to you and what you are feeling. It can also help you to understand how the emotion affects you. It also helps us learn to respond appropriately to the emotion. We should not judge an emotion we should view it as information that we can use and learn from.

Acknowledging what you feel is one of the first steps. If we do not acknowledge an emotion or identify it so we can take the time to reflect on it we may respond incorrectly to the emotion. Also not being able to understand your emotions and how you feel can leave you feeling helpless, and could cause you to miss-communicate things to others. This can lead to misunderstandings and anger.

Knowing emotions better can helps us also explain to others how something they may have done or said affected us and help us better understand how they may have been affected by something we may have done or said. This can result in better and healthier relationships.

I am going to make a list of emotions. I am learning myself so I am not sure of the accuracy of the definitions but I have tried the best I could.

Admiration – feeling of approval and of being liked.

Adoration – feeling of profound love and admiration.

Affection – means the same as adoration, feeling of profound love and admiration.

Agitation – feeling trouble or nervous.

Agony – intense feeling of suffering.

Alarmed – anxious, awareness of danger,

alienation – socially disconnected from other people.

Amazement – feeling of surprise or wonder.

Ambiguphobia – feel uncomfortable about leaving things open to interpretation.

Amusement – feeling of being delighted or entertained.

Anguish – extreme mental distress.

Annoyance – slightly angry or irritated.

Anxiety – vague unpleasantness usually of anticipation of ill outcomes.

Animosity – feeling of ill will arousing hostility.

Apathy – absence of emotion or enthusiasm.

Apprehension – anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen.

Astonishment – extremely surprised or impressed.

Attraction – an interest or desire in , or gravitation to something or someone.

Aversion – strong dislike, or not wanting.

Awe – feeling of reverential

bafflement – overwhelmed with feelings and information causing a sense of mental blocking. This is often times referred to as cognitive dissonance and can prevent someone from learning knew things or from being open minded resulting in them holding onto something that may not be true.

Basorexia – sudden urge to kiss someone.

Bemused – puzzled, confused from a failure to understand.

Bewilderment – a state of being lost or confused.

Bitterness – a feeling of deep and bitter anger with ill-will.

Boredom – a feeling of dullness, disinterest or tediousness.

Calmness – peace of mind free from agitation, excitement, mental stress, anxiety, or feeling of serenity.

Caring – feeling or exhibiting concern and empathy for others.

Compassion – sympathy or pity for the sufferings or misfortune of others.

Compersion – a desire to support another person’s happiness.

Confidence – feeling that a person can rely on someone or something.

Contempt – feeling that someone or something is worthless, or beneath consideration, scornful disdain.

Contentment – emotional state of satisfaction, being at ease in ones situation in body and mind.

Curiosity – strong desire to learn something.

Craving – intense desire for one particular thing.

Cynicism – cynical feeling of distrust, believing the worst about someone.

Defeat – discomfort felt when goals have been thwarted

delight – feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction.

Depression – severer despondency and dejection, dissatisfaction , unhappines.

Desire – strong feeling of wanting or having something.

Despair – feeling everything is wrong or nothing turns out well.

Devotion – feeling of ardent love, zealous support.

Discontentment – longing for something better then the present situation.

Discouragement – feeling of despair in the face of obstacles.

Disgruntlement – withdrawn , sulky discontent.

Disgust – feeling of revulsion, strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.

Dislike – feeling unpleasant to or have an aversion to.

Dismay – sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger; overwhelming or disabling terror.

Displeasure – feeling of annoyance or disapproval.

Distraught – very worried, or upset.

Doubt – feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.

Dread – fearful expectation or anticipation.

Eagerness – enthusiasm to do or have something.

Ecstasy – overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyfulness.

Elation – exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism, an absence of depression.

Embarrassment – feeling of self-consciousness, shame or awkwardness.

Empathy – understanding or entering into another persons feelings.

Enthrallment – feeling of great linking for something wonderful or unusual.

Enthusiasm – felling of delight at being filled with wonder , feeling of extreme satisfaction or extreme pleasure.

Envy – discontentment, or resentful longing, aroused by someone else possessions , qualities or good fortune.

Euphoria – feeling of intense excitement or happiness.

Exasperation – feeling of intense irritation or annoyance.

Excitement – feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness.

Fear – feeling of danger from pain or harm.

Fraud – feeling deception was intended.

Fright – anticipation of pain or danger.

Frustration – feeling of being upset or annoyed as being unable to change or achieve something.

Fury – wild or violent anger.

Glumness gloomy , ill-tempered.

Gratitude – feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.

Grief – intense remorse.

Happiness – contentment resulting in a feeling of joy.

Hatred – intense dislike which may invoke feelings of animosity , anger or resentment.

Helplessness – feeling of being powerless.

Horror – intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.

Humble – modest estimate of ones importance.

Humiliation – strong feelings of embarrassment.

Hurt – emotional pain or suffering.

Hysteria – excessive or uncontrollable fear or excitement.

Impatience – restless desire for change and excitement.

Indifference – lack of interest, concern or sympathy.

Indignation – anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

Infatuation – an intense short lived passion, or admiration for someone or something.

Insecurity – lack of confidence, uncertainty, or anxiety about oneself or another.

Insulted – feeling disrespected or scorned because of a remark or act.

Interest – feeling of wanting to learn or know about something.

Irritation – feeling annoyed impatient or slightly angry.

Jealousy – feeling an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions or perceived advantage.

Jovial – feeling triumphant, rejoicing.

Listlessness – feeling a lack of interest, enthusiasm or energy.

Loath – extreme dislike or hatred.

Love – strong regard or affection.

Melancholy – gloomy state of mind that persist. Feeling of extreme gloom or extreme depression.

Morbidness – abnormally gloomy or in an unhealthy state of mind.

Nervous – anxious , agitated, or alarmed.

Nostalgia – longing and wistful, or wistful affection for a period in the past.

Optimism – hopefulness and confidence about the future or success of something.

Outrage – extremely strong reaction of anger shock or indignation, feeling of righteous anger.

Panic – overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety.

Paranoia – irrational and persistent feeling that people are out to get you.

Passion – feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something.

Perversity – deliberate desire to behave in an unreasonable or unexceptionable way.

Pessimism – feeling that things will turn out badly.

Pity – feeling sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortune of others.

Pride – feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from ones own achievements, the achievements of ones they are associated with, or qualities or possessions.

Rage – uncontrolled anger or violence.

Regret – feeling of sadness, remorse, or disappointment over an occurrence, something or something someone forgot to do.

Relaxation – feeling of tranquility, absence of tension .

Relief – feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry.

Reluctance – unwillingness to do something.

Remorse – deep feeling of regret or guilt for a wrong committed.

Reproach – feeling disapproved , disappointed , with disgrace or shame.

Resentment – feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will.

Satisfaction – contentment felt when one fulfills a desire need or expectation.

Self-pity – self absorbed unhappiness over ones own troubles.

Shame – feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens.

Smug – excessive pride in oneself or ones achievements.

Spite – a desire to hurt , annoy, or offend someone, feeling a need to see others suffer.

Vengeful – feeling a malevolent desire for vengeance, viscous or hateful ill will.

Vulnerability – feeling exposed to the possibility to be attacked or harmed.

Yearning – a feeling of intense longing for something.