20 – Primary and Secondary Emotions

secondary emotions_fullIn my opinion, there are primary emotions and secondary emotions. The primary emotions are the core pillars, the basics. Emotions such as madness, sadness, and happiness fall into these categories. Secondary emotions are those who are mixtures, the overlapping part in the Venn diagram. Emotions for these would be disappointment and surprise. All emotions are all from primary emotions. One doesn’t feel surprised all of a sudden. Surprise is a mixture of various emotions, depending on the situation. It could be a mixture of happiness and sadness or anger and sadness. So to feel a secondary emotion means that the person already went through the primary emotions. It’s just like the color wheel. There are the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and from those primary colors emerge secondary colors (purple, pink, turquoise.)

In some ways, it’s important to depend on our primal instincts, as they are influenced by our primary emotions. They are pure, uncontaminated. If we depend too much on our secondary emotions, that could cause problems. Secondary emotions are more complex. The more complex emotions are, the more complex a person’s reaction will be. When one’s mad, he or she becomes more violent. But when someone is frustrated, then they don’t act in physical ways. They think, they verbally express their emotions. They try to reason their way and express their thoughts. The person takes a step forward because of the more complex emotion, and the fact that it’s harder to express these emotions.

This is a reason why it’s hard to predict the reactions of people. We no longer feel the primary emotions. We feel the secondary emotions constantly. We can’t simply predict the secondary emotions because with the secondary emotions come not instincts, but thought. And with thought, reactions become even more complex. We not only try to express the more complex emotions, but we also try to express the thoughts we felt. This can be done in various ways, an infinite possibility. Because of this, people may be able to figure out patterns, but never the exact reaction. One can only predict because emotions are never simple.

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This entry was published on December 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm and is filed under Emotions. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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