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Levels of Emotion and Situational Emotions

April 5, 2013

In my first video, the Four Basic Emotions, I discussed how there are four emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, and fear.  If there really are only four emotions, then why do we have so many words that express emotion?  This video explains two of the reasons for so many emotion words: levels of emotion and situational emotions.  Different words are used to express different strengths or levels of emotion, for example, the difference between annoyance, frustration, anger, and rage.  Other words, like confusion and stress, have more to do with the situation than the actual emotion felt, and can range across many of the four basic emotions.  The goal following this video is to understand the basis of the emotion words we personally use and the emotion words expressed by other people.


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