Emotion refers to feeling, mood and affect. Emotions allow us
to perceive situations negatively or positively: as hostile or
friendly, dangerous or harmless, etc. in numerous other ways.
They can also arise as moods we are in at any moment in time.
We can be in a bad mood or a good mood, and that can colour almost
everything we experience.
All emotions of a certain intensity carry within them an impulse
to react and act: e-motion (movement). Depression is an exception
which, at least temporarily, leads to a passive helplessness.
However, it motivates the people around us to provide care and
Emotions are life-preserving for an individual and the species
(genes). The important emotions for the individual are the stress
emotions, and for the species, the eros emotions: love, sex and
nurturing (care). Without stress and eros, there is no life.
Without stress states, there would be nothing to protect us from
danger, threat, attack and all the situations we need to avoid.
In contrast, it is eros we seek out and which keeps us, our kin
and society together.
We call the two sets of emotions negative and positive (pain
and pleasure), corresponding to the external situation and the
body states these emotions reflect.
Emotions teach us which cognitions and actions lead to satisfying
results, and which lead to unsatisfying ones.
There are three sets of basic stress emotions: anxiety, aggressive
feelings and frustration = despair (which can develop into depression
if the state persists). These three emotions control the stress
reactions: flight, fight and capitulation.
The various stress emotions are often mixed together in the same
Stress states lead to health problems when they are intense,
frequent and of long duration.
Aggression in particular can lead to other significant problems.
Aggression is described above as an appropriate defence reaction
towards threat and danger, but aggression can be harmful and
The cultural superstructure built upon our nature produces some
complicated emotional situations.
One feeling can disguise another feeling, such as if you are
anxious not to show anger.
A feeling can be matched to a situation or mismatched. For example,
one can become very hurt or angry over small issues. This suggests
either that the person is currently stressed, or is particularly
sensitive in certain areas.
There are numerous different words for emotions. Here are some
negative: uncertainty, embarrassment, anxiety, fear, panic, terror,
tension and unrest, envy, jealousy, anger, rage, hostility, hate,
bitterness, vindictiveness, abhorrence, contempt, grief, frustration,
powerlessness, depression, hopelessness, melancholy, sorrow,
pain, disappointment, despair, guilt, shame, regret and loneliness.
positive: love, passion, yearning, desire, ecstasy, affection,
empathy, sympathy, compassion, joy, satisfaction, cheerfulness,
gaiety, delight, jubilation, happiness, euphoria, excitement,
enthusiasm, pride, hope, optimism, release and surprise.
In the StressLogosEros model, these two sets of emotions are
described in interaction with your thoughts, your body states
and your environment. You can use it to better understand what
is bad for you and what is good, and then resolve to train yourself
to act accordingly. You can also use the model to become more
conscious of which state you are in at any time, and if it is
a negative state, which other states you have the option of choosing