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Descriptions on how we experience and express emotions including:
At one time or another we all experience strong feelings that accompany positive or negative emotions. A day without feeling emotions would be impossible to imagine. Each day we feel dozens of emotions; the excitement of going on holidays, the fear of flying, or the grief of losing a family member. In this section we will take you on an interactive journey through your body to learn more about your emotions.
If we tried to list all of the words in the English language to describe emotions, we would end up with hundreds of them. One task that psychologists have come across is trying to list the most important, crucial emotions in our everyday life, and to find the relationship between each one. Although psychologists have proven that it is a challenge to produce a definite list of primary emotions, we have little difficulty identifying the emotion that we are experiencing at a given time.
Paul Ekman (Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Francisco) believes that there are six primary emotions; happiness, surprise, disgust, fear, anger and sadness.
We will describe these emotions to you in the next few pages.