Negative Emotions: The 11 Most Common Ones

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Many people are unaware of their negative emotions. Today and in my next post, I will present you the 11 most common examples of negative emotions, so that you will be able to describe the emotion when it appears. Here are some definitions according to Wikipedia:

1. Anger

Anger is “an intense emotional response. It is a normal emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation. Often it indicates when one’s personal boundaries are violated. Some have a learned tendency to react to anger through retaliation. “

Some self-development gurus treat anger as something wrong, the destroyer of peace of mind. Yes, anger can make you blind. I have devoted a whole chapter about this emotion.

However, anger is a completely normal and often healthy human emotion. The problem starts when it gets out of control and turns destructive. Then it can lead to problems: in your personal relationships, at work, and in the overall quality of your life.

2. Worry

Worry “refers to the thoughts, images, and emotions of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made [vague] to avoid anticipated potential threats.”

3. Guilt

Guilt is “a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person believes or realizes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard and bears significant responsibility for that violation. It is closely related to the concept of remorse.”

4. Pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain’s widely used definition states: “Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described regarding such harm.” In medical diagnosis, pain is a symptom.

Emotional or mental pain is an unpleasant feeling of a psychological origin. It is the result of losing something: a job, after a breakup, when somebody close dies. 

5. Discomfort

Discomfort is “a feeling of being uncomfortable physically or mentally or something that causes this.” In other words, it is everything which is not pleasant. In particular, it can be boredom, impatience or annoyance, anything that communicates you that something is wrong. 

6. Frustration

This is “is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment, it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfilment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the more the frustration is likely to be.

However, according to some self-development leaders, frustration is a positive sign as it mobilizes to taking action. However, when neglected, frustration turns into disappointment.

7. Disappointment

is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that a person feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome while an individual who is disappointed concentrates on the issue itself.”

Disappointment has to be handled quickly as otherwise it will cause a huge destruction in your mind. Disappointment means all that causes that you feel sad because you have expected more than you had achieved.

8. Being overwhelmed

Something which is overwhelming is very intense and hard to deal with. It manifests by sadness, helplessness or depression. It can overwhelm you by your job, your boss, your spouse or children, as well as by your thoughts, putting pressure on yourself. It’s challenging to overcome overwhelming things. However, it is possible, and I will show you how to handle being overwhelmed.

9. Shame

This is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. The person feeling shame manifests comparison of the self’s action with the self’s standards.

However, shame may equally stem from the comparison of the person’s state of being with the ideal social context’s standard. Therefore, shame may arise from volitional action or simply self-regard. Although usually considered as an emotion, you can also understand shame as a cognition, state, affect, or condition.

10. Fear And Anxiety

 Most of us make some distinction between fear and anxiety. Sometimes it’s merely a matter of linguistics. We say we have a fear of something (flying, aging) and anxiety about something (flying, aging).

However, there is a big difference between fear and anxiety. While the first is the natural response to survive, anxiety is the illusional apprehension, which means that you are afraid of things that don’t happen

Sometimes you can distinguish the two by your bodily experience. For example, the sudden re-arrangement of your guts when an intruder holds a knife to your back manifests fear, whiledizziness and butterflies in your stomach or mild nausea, as you’re about to make a difficult phone call, indicate anxiety.

11. Sadness and depression

 Feeling sad can be a normal reaction to life’s struggles, loss, or an injured self-esteem.However, when feelings of intense sadness include feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless and last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, then you are struggling with depression.

If you are not sure how to handle negative emotions, join my clients. Order a free email coaching lesson. The number of places is limited.

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