Feelings vs. Emotions


Ok, true, but then what if so many things, like compassion, grief, love? Without feeling are we not just automatons? Probably there’s a very good answer, which I just don’t happen to have within reach right now. Or do I? I do if the answer lies within the difference between Emotions and Feelings.

Taking a look:

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Main Difference – Emotions vs Feelings

Emotions and feelings are two words that we often use interchangeably. Although emotions and feelings are two sides of the same coin, there is a difference between them. It is important to learn this difference between emotions and feelings in order to understand our mental setup and how it affects our behavior. Emotions are considered as our bodies’ responses to external stimuli and feelings are mental associations and reactions to these emotions. The main difference between emotions and feelings is that emotions are physical states whereas feelings are mental associations.

What is Emotion

Emotions are natural phenomenon. They can be considered as physical and instinctive since they arise from our bodies’ responses to external stimuli. For example, when you are in an unknown place, you may feel a range of emotions such as curiosity and fear.

Emotions originally helped our ancestors to survive on earth by producing quick responses to threat, reward, and all the external stimuli in the environment. Over the years, these emotional reactions have been coded into our genes. Emotions are generally universal across all humans although some slight variations can be found depending on the individual and circumstances. Emotions can even be seen in animals. For instance, your dog may always wag his tail when you call its name; wagging of the tail is a physical manifestation of its emotions.

Since emotions are physical states, they can be measured by physical factors such as facial expressions, body language, blood flow, etc. Let’s examine the emotion fear. It’s a response to imminent danger. You can also notice several physical reactions such as shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, tightening of muscles, etc.

It is important to know that emotions are considered to be irrational, illogical and unreasonable since they are carried out by the limbic system, which is separate from the neocortex, which deals with reasoning, conscious thoughts, and decision making.

What is Feeling

Feelings are mental associations and reactions.  Dr. Antonio D’Amasio, “Feelings are mental experiences of body states, which arise as the brain interprets emotions, themselves physical states arising from the body’s responses to external stimuli. (The order of such events is: I am threatened, experience fear, and feel horror.)”

Difference Between Emotions and Feelings


Emotions are physical states that arise as a response to external stimuli.

Feelings are mental associations and reactions to emotions. 


Emotions are aroused before feelings.

Feelings are caused by emotions.

Mental vs Physical

Emotions are physical states.

Feelings are mental associations or reactions.

Physical Reaction

Emotions can be observed through the physical reaction.

Feelings can be hidden.

Image Courtesy: 

“Nicole’s Many Emotions” by Ally Aubry (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

“Emotion Cartoon” By Todd Atkins – (CC0) via Commons Wikimedia 

I believe we might deduce that emotions are natural and do not feed the ego, or strengthen it. Feelings then, can be minimized at least, or not fed to strengthen the ego. (Huh, the relationship between feed and feel?) Oi!

And I know, oh boy oh boy does this open a Pandora’s box. But only if you think about it!

About The Chase

The name Jaguar originated from the Native American word ‘Yajuar’ meaning “He who kills with one leap”. Unlike many other big cats, Jaguars are extremely good swimmers 🐆
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Other Perspectives

I’d think that a creature on the run from a jaguar or a leopard or a cheetah had best know which one is after them. I doubt that I need to, but you never know. Quickly put, the above animal did not look like a jaguar to me, so I had to look up the differences. Turns out I was wrong. Apparently this is indeed one, given the rosette-like black spots on its body, the large thick head, and the deep dive. I also learned things about all of these cats.

For one thing, a dot by any other name is not a dot. Or at least the same-type dot. Jags have the open rosette dot, or the closed solid black, or the varied with several other dots in the middle, and they do not have to be the same throughout the coat. Looks like this guy is a match. Oh, and he can climb, crawl, and swim just like a leopard. You’re not going to be able to run and climb a tree or go under something or even swim away. Not a chance.

But there is one saving grace about the jaguar. He’s found in the Western Hemisphere, usually in South or Central America. So if you’re in Africa, you needn’t worry about the jaguar threat. You do however have to be careful about leopards and cheetahs. And just so you know, they’re not the triathlon threat that the Jaguar is, but you still might not be able to outrun them. You’ll just have to know which is best: climb a tree or dive in a river.

Oh, but if you’re driving through Mexico and someone says, “Hey, look there! It’s a cheetah!” You can smugly say, “Ah, no it’s not. It’s a jaguar.”