Moods are very different from emotions

Moods are very different from emotions. A background mood or disposition can be yours for a lifetime – ever know someone of a happy disposition? – but emotions and emotional responses to things that happen can change our state massively, and not always just to protect, warn or excite us, for example. Even though thereare only 5 fundamental emotions – fear, sadness, disgust, happiness and anger – the actual number of emotional states we can experience in a lifetime is immeasurable. So, what’s the trick? When you’re in an emotional state that you don’t want to be in, how can you get out of it? The answer is simple: “use your physical body for all its worth” Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow – the psychology of optimal experience.

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Posted on August 10, 2010, in Psychology & Influence. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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