Vocabulary 31 - Words that Express Feelings
One dictionary defines feeling as, "the sense of touch; the ability to experience physical sensations such as heat and pain, and a state of mind."
The same dictionary defines emotion as, "an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced and any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear."
Did you notice that in the definition of emotion
the word feeling
is also included? We have come to realise that it is futile to differentiate between emotions and feelings. However, it may be noted that feelings are physical sensations caused by external factors and also include sensations that may be triggered by our internal thoughts. Emotions are always triggered by our internal thoughts and relate to the state of mind.
Another factor that differentiates feelings from emotions is time. Usually physical sensations cease when the external cause of the sensation ceases. On the other hand, emotions tend to stay for a longer time. We take longer to get over grief than a stubbed toe!.
We are faced with different situations every hour of our lives and we run the whole gamut of emotions and feelings; some strong and others weak. For instance, the recent death of a cricketer in Australia triggered a whole lot of emotions and feelings. These were more intense in the family of the deceased and less intense in other people associated with him.
Our experiences with feelings and emotions can be expressed with different words in the English language and these words add to our vocabulary. The quiz that follows gives you a glimpse of such words.