Emotions vs. Feelings

Do you know the difference between emotions and feelings? Most believe that they are synonymous, but they are actually quite different. Emotions are automatic responses to environment, occurring in the subcortical regions of the brain, (amygdala and the ventromedial prefrontal cortices). These responses create biochemical reactions in your body. Emotions are physical. The root word is ‘motion’, implying visible changes in physiology. Examples include: The hair stands up on the back of your neck. Tears well up in your eyes. Facial expression changes involuntarily. If you observed these ‘motions’ in a person, you might correctly say, “They are having an emotional reaction.” If you were to obse

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