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Psychology of Emotions

Cognitive and biological approaches to psychology have often been used in understanding how we experience emotions, and how they affect our behavior. In this area, we've put together articles that help to convey some of these theories.

Cognitive and biological approaches to psychology have often been used in understanding how we experience emotions, and how they affect our behavior. In this area, we've put together articles that help to convey some of these theories.



Do Emoticons Help Us To Better Communicate Emotions? Do Emoticons Help Us To Better Communicate Emotions?

Emoting with Emoticons

Are you feeling :-D? Or is your work making you :-(? Perhaps this post’s overzealous peppering of emoticons is starting to make you a little :@? The rise of the internet gave birth to the method of communication we now recognize as emoticons. Text-based representations of feelings, such as :-) to express satisfaction, help to make email and instant...

The Psychology of Color The Psychology Of Color

Psychology of Color

Does color affect your mood? Psychologists have said "Absolutely!" to that question for a very long time. The psychological effects of color have such an underpinning in research that the findings of chromology, the psychology of color, are used in designing everything from hotel rooms to cereal packages. In one case that made headlines...

The Name-Letter Effect: Why People Prefer Partners with Similar Names The Name-Letter Effect: Why People Prefer Partners With Similar Names

Brittany and Bob: Name Letter Effect

Does the name given to you at birth influence who you will choose to partner with as an adult? According to the name-letter effect, people are more likely to be attracted to someone who shares their first initials. A man named Robert, for example, may be more attracted to women by the name of Rachel or Roberta, whilst a woman named Amy might be more likely...

Psychology of Happiness Psychology Of Happiness

Psychology of Happiness

Just how happy are you? Do you ever wish for a life that brought more moments to be joyful? Happiness is often an elusive experience - people will go to great lengths for a fleeting moment of happiness. Even the U.S. Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, asserts the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. But what...

Emotions and Memory Emotions And Memory

Emotions and Memory

The question of how our how our brains memorize daily experiences has intrigued cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists for decades. Amongst a range of theories attempting to explain how we encode and later recall information, a curious influence over memory encoding has been observed: our emotional state at the time of an event...

Study: Unhappy Music Creates 'Pleasant' Emotions Study: Unhappy Music Creates 'Pleasant' Emotions

Unhappy Music Creates 'Pleasant' Emotions - Study

Listening to melancholic music “induces pleasant emotion”, according to a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Conventional wisdom would hold that listening to a sad song could lead a person to experience negative emotions. The opening scene of the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary typifies this idea when, as...

Emotional Attraction Emotional Attraction

Emotional Attraction

We all know how it feels to be attracted to someone - the old argument still lives on as to whether a person's looks or personality influence us more, but let's looks at what does attract people to each other. This factor is one of the most researched elements of attraction between couples. Good looking people, charismatic or dull, have a...

Emotion Guide Emotion Guide

Emotion Guide

Why do people and animals experience emotions, and what makes us experience different types of emotions. Ian Heath looks at emotional states, the link between the sub-conscious and our feelings.

Emotion: Feelings Emotion: Feelings

Emotion: Feelings

One area of confusion is that feelings are often loosely equated with emotions. This is all right for colloquial use. I can ask a friend how he is feeling today ; it would be awkward to ask him how emotional he is being today. Some people might take offence if they were thought to be emotional, whereas it is acceptable for them to show feelings. However,...

Model of Emotions Model Of Emotions

Model of Emotions

More information on emotions.

Emotion: Unconscious Ideas Emotion: Unconscious Ideas

Emotion: Unconscious Ideas

The unconscious and emotions.

Unconscious Ideas and Emotions Unconscious Ideas And Emotions

Unconscious Ideas and Emotions

The link between the unconscious and emotion.

Love and Emotion: How Love Happens Love And Emotion: How Love Happens

Love and Emotion: How Love Happens

Of all the ideas and concepts we come across in life, perhaps one of the most difficult to describe in any reliable wording is that of 'love'.   The Ancient Greeks classified love into the types we feel between sexual lovers, friends and divinity, but first we must distinguish between a liking for someone (for example, a work...

Keys to a Good Relationship: Types of Love Keys To A Good Relationship: Types Of Love

Keys to a Good Relationship: Types of Love

Find out what makes a successful relationship.

Anxiety Emotion Anxiety Emotion

Anxiety Emotion

A look at the experience of anxiety and its origins.

Envy Emotion Envy Emotion

Envy Emotion

What is the experience of envy and how does it differ from jealousy?

Guilt Emotion Guilt Emotion

Guilt Emotion

An exploration of the emotion of guilt and its relationship to self pity.

Hate Emotion Hate Emotion

Hate Emotion

What is emotional hatred, why do people experience it and where does it come from?

Jealousy Emotion Jealousy Emotion

Jealousy Emotion

What happens when we feel jealous of someone else? A look at jealousy as an emotion in various situations.

Love Emotion Love Emotion

Love Emotion

An exploration of the emotion of love from a psychological perspective.

Narcissism Emotion Narcissism Emotion

Narcissism Emotion

A look at narcissism, a preoccupation with oneself: what happens when we experience it?

Pride Emotion Pride Emotion

Pride Emotion

Why do we experience pride and what happens when we do?

Self Pity Emotion Self Pity Emotion

Self Pity Emotion

The emotion of self pity explored.

Vanity Emotion Vanity Emotion

Vanity Emotion

What are the different types of vanity?

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Many thanks to Ian Heath for his contributions, Copyright © 2002 Ian Heath. All Rights Reserved



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