One of the greatest skills you can ever possess in life is the awareness of your own feelings and emotions.
Because when you are in touch with your emotional brain you feel more connected to yourself, other people, and life at large. While feelings and emotions do have a way of tripping us up (sometimes in embarrassing or painful ways), they can also be tremendously helpful. Intuition can be more easily accessed, compassion can be shown to others, and love can fill your heart more often. If you are in touch with your emotions, you are a likely a heart-oriented person.
On the other hand, a person who is disconnected from their feelings and emotions is often referred to as a ‘head-oriented’ person. Being detached from your subjective feelings can be beneficial in situations that require objectivity, calmness, and logical analysis. However, the downside of being out of touch with your feelings and emotions can be a sense of isolation from others, inability to fully enjoy life, and getting too lost in your head.
Ultimately, the goal of developing psychological Wholeness is balancing both the mind and heart equally. This free test will specifically reveal how in touch you are with your feelings and emotions.
You’ll notice that the words ‘feelings’ and ‘emotions’ are used interchangeably. However, to offer a bit of extra clarity, I’ll distinguish the differences between the two below.
The Difference Between Feelings and Emotions
The main difference between feelings and emotions is that feelings are instinctual: they are spontaneous and immediate. Emotions, on the other hand, stem from thoughts and mental judgments. Here are two examples: when someone places a baby in your arms, you will most likely have sudden feelings of love, adoration, and protectiveness. The instant love you felt was a feeling. On the other hand, if someone cuts you off in traffic, you will likely experience anger due to the thought “what a stupid person, they shouldn’t have done that!” The anger you felt was an emotion.
Here’s a breakdown with a few examples:
It is my opinion that these feelings and emotions can and do overlap.