Breaking News! Scientist Discover the Difference Between Feelings and Emotions
Researchers have discovered “exciting” news when it comes to our mental state: emotions and feelings are two different processes. Who knew! In the past, these two words have been interchangeable, even by scientists, but now there’s a mission to educate others on the vast differences. Emotions are split-second, bodily-driven responses to a situation. This can be a change in skin color or an uptick in our heart rate. And feelings are our conscious reactions expressed in thought after meaning has been applied. This can be a determination of feeling scared, after you’ve felt goosebumps down your arms. Easy-peasy, right? By getting the word out, psychologists hope to help the common person take advantage of how the mind and body work together to shape who we are and how we behave.
To get the feedback on this “exciting” topic, MCT went to the local grocery store to get the common person’s input.
“Are you seriously wasting my time with this right now? I just want to get a pack of cigarettes. Can you get out of my way before I punch you with zero emotions or feelings?”
“So, I’m confused. Are you saying my emotions and feelings are not the same? I’m going to have to run this by my therapist. He hasn’t mentioned this yet because we’re focusing on my dependency for constant validation from men. I’ll check with him next week.”
“I totally get it. Me getting a boner when I see a hot chick are my emotions and me wanting to hook up with her are my feelings. Makes perfect sense.”
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