If people ask you: 'How are you?', this question is mostly used as an form of informal greeting. You don't have to contemplate your answer profoundly. Even if you would feel a bit down, sad or frustrated, you could just say: 'Fine thank you, and how are you?' The question itself is not meant as a means to show real interest in your emotional behaviour, nor is the answer an indication of how you really feel. However, if your doctor would ask how you feel, you might give a different answer. If you'd only say: 'fine thanks, doctor' you could as easily leave.
This time, I'm interested in your real emotions. Therefore you have to be aware of what you are feeling inside. That seems to be so easy, but it isn't. We easily recognise six basic emotions: anger
. We can distinguish these feelings when we feel them inside or recognise them on other people's faces.
But there are much more descriptions of emotions than the afore mentioned six basic emotions. There are many words in English to describe what you feel. These words often combine a basic emotion and some aspects of the context.
For example you could say: ‘I woke up this morning and I felt angry, but I don’t know why'
, but nobody ever says: ‘I woke up this morning and I felt indignant, but I don’t know why!'
The word indignant not only tells you’re angry, but uncovers something about an apparent reason for your angriness. There has been happening something before, that made you indignant. It says something about the context. The emotion is a mixture of angriness and maltreatment.What to do on this thread...
Like I said, there are many English words to describe emotions. Now, write down how you feel today, using words that indicate emotions. But don’t use the words that describe a basic emotion, like happy, angry, fearful, sad, surprised and disgusted. Try instead to use words that describe not only your emotion, but the complete state you are in, within a specific context. BTW – just write down how you feel; you don’t have to explain why, per se. Tip: bookmark this page, so you can return every day to write down how you are feeling then.
Examples of words you could use:
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