List of emotions and feelings (FREE)

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I put this list of emotions and feelings together some years ago for use in my counselling sessions.

I was aware that men in particular (though of course not exclusively) often struggled to articulate their feelings. I thought it could help to give them a list of emotions and feelings to help them to reconnect with their innate resources and guide them towards identifying specifically what they felt. Yes... men do have feelings too, but they're more likely to have learnt to shut them off.

Prof. Simon Baron Cohen, in his book “The Essential Difference” explains it differently. He talks about 'empathising' brains and 'systemising' brains. Men are more likely to have systemising brains while women are more like to have empathising brains.

The 'empathisers' are more 'in touch' with their feelings and so can more easily pinpoint the particular emotions they are experiencing at any time.

This can mean that women are generally more able to identify and talk about their feelings than men. Women also tend to have a better memory for emotionally laden material. On the whole, in my counselling experience I have noticed that men often find it harder to express their feelings.

Of course, I learned over time that sometimes roles are switched. My list of feelings has been just as useful for working with women as it has for counselling men.

Oh, and by the way... clients couldn't care less about the difference between emotions and feelings!

Why this list of emotions and feelings?

This list of human emotions is a useful tool in relation to the suggested counselling practice that people should express their feelings to help them to get better.

Counsellors help their clients listen out for, identify and 'sit with' their feelings. I think this is helpful - for some people in some situations, some of the time, but it's not the ‘be all and end all’ of addressing problems and issues. In fact, the more emotional we are as human beings the less intelligent we become!

I have found through experience that very often more is needed to help people move on from where they are stuck.  They may even have done the feelings bit too much already! So alongside identifying emotions and feelings I use the Human Givens Approach to Therapy.  

If you are interested in feelings and emotions, you may also be interested in: Interpreting Body Language.

List of human emotions and feelings or feelings chart

Below you can see a snapshot of my list of emotions and feelings.

Uneasy

nervous
tense
anxious
flustered
insecure
angry
cross
confused
bored
flat
apathetic
weak

Angry

frustrated
cross
irritated
annoyed
furious
livid
enraged
hurt
inadequate
trapped
tired
scared

Frightened

uneasy
weak
insecure
inadequate
tense
anxious
nervous
scared
petrified
threatened
trapped
horrified

Happy

pleased
glad
wonderful
elated
excited
content
surprised
proud
relieved
satisfied
confident

Negatief

distrustful
(see: infidelity warning signs)
suspicious
scornful
disdain
bitter
stupid
shame
worthless

Positief

determined
forgiving
hopeful
motivated
inspired
daring
energetic
loving
eager
excited
receptive
happy (see:secrets to a happy relationship)

Unhappy

hurt
upset
lonely
guilty
miserable
bereft
despairing
devastated
lost down (see:warning signs of depression)

Upset

angry
frustrated
sad
tearful
hurt
miserable
weepy

Confused

hurt
upset
lonely
inadequate
cross
miserable
shocked
mixed-up
nervous
scared
discontented
foolish

Where emotions are felt in the body

I'm offering you the complete feelings chart for free!

10 Pages with feelings charts listing emotions and feelings with more than double the entries in the table above AND...

  • A printable or fillable and clickable PDF with the complete list (space for notes - fillable online)
  • A PowerPoint and a Keynote (MAC) presentation
  • An online presentation
  • A PDF of the list for easy upload and presentation
  • Accompanying hand-outs (landscape and portrait) and...
  • An e-Reader (ePub) format for easy reference on all your devices

What can you use it for?

Use this list...

  • for your studies (future therapists, nurses, doctors, counsellors, social workers etc.)
  • to help increase your clients' emotional intelligence
  • as a hand-out for your students
  • for use in therapy (for increased focus, understanding, clarity and getting 'unstuck')
  • for use in a therapeutic group
  • as a coaching tool
  • for personal use - to get an insight into your feelings and emotions for a better understanding
  • in any clinical setting as a diagnostic tool
  • to be enhanced with your own or your clients' contributions
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