Conventional scientific wisdom recognizes six "classic" emotions: happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. Researchers say that the distinction between anger and disgust and between surprise and fear is socially and not biologically-based. This leaves us with four "basic" emotions according to this study: happy, sad, fearful/surprised, and angry/disgusted.
What role do emotions serve? Emotions help motivate us. They alert us to danger and help us survive. Some of the decisions we make are influenced by our feelings. When we interact with other people, emotions are the bonds that connect us. Emotions can be persistent, powerful, complex, and even life-changing. Our emotions can look like a flash of annoyance at a coworker or enduring sadness over the loss of a relationship.
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Source: theatlantic.com and verywellmind.com
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