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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...

Do Emoticons Help Us To Better Communicate Emotions?
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 Psychology of Color
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...

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

Psychology of Happiness
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...

Emotions and Memory
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...

Study: Unhappy Music Creates 'Pleasant' Emotions
World Happiness Levels Mapped By Country In New Study World Happiness Levels Mapped By Country In New Study

World's Happiest Countries to Live In

The 2017 edition of the World Happiness Report has been been published by the UN to coincide with the International Day of Happiness, which took place on March 20th. The report - the fifth edition since its first publication in 2012 - provides an intriguing insight into the differences in happiness amongst 3,000 participants across more than 150 countries....

World Happiness Levels Mapped By Country In New Study
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...

Emotional Attraction
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 Guide
Emotion: Feelings Emotion: Feelings

Emotion: Feelings

How do we define emotions?

Emotion: Feelings
Model of Emotions Model Of Emotions

Model of Emotions

More information on emotions.

Model of Emotions
Emotion: Unconscious Ideas Emotion: Unconscious Ideas

Emotion: Unconscious Ideas

The unconscious and emotions.

Emotion: Unconscious Ideas
Unconscious Ideas and Emotions Unconscious Ideas And Emotions

Unconscious Ideas and Emotions

The link between the unconscious and emotion.

Unconscious Ideas and Emotions
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 colleague) and its...

Love and Emotion: How Love Happens
How Love Happens: The Three Components of Relationships How Love Happens: The Three Components Of Relationships

How Love Happens: The Three Components of Relationships

Find out what makes a successful relationship.

How Love Happens: The Three Components of Relationships
Anxiety Emotion Anxiety Emotion

Anxiety Emotion

A look at the experience of anxiety and its origins.

Anxiety Emotion
Envy Emotion Envy Emotion

Envy Emotion

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

Envy Emotion
Guilt Emotion Guilt Emotion

Guilt Emotion

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

Guilt Emotion
Hate Emotion Hate Emotion

Hate Emotion

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

Hate Emotion
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.

Jealousy Emotion
Love Emotion Love Emotion

Love Emotion

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

Love Emotion
Narcissism Emotion Narcissism Emotion

Narcissism Emotion

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

Narcissism Emotion
Pride Emotion Pride Emotion

Pride Emotion

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

Pride Emotion
Self Pity Emotion Self Pity Emotion

Self Pity Emotion

The emotion of self pity explored.

Self Pity Emotion
Vanity Emotion Vanity Emotion

Vanity Emotion

What are the different types of vanity?

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



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