Emotional Combinations and Influences Mood, Hormones, Neurotransmitters and more
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EMOTIONS Produced from Primary Emotional Combinations trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, anticipation and joy
Joy + Trust Love
Joy + Fear Guilt
Fear + Loss Agitation
Anger + Anticipation Aggressiveness
Anticipation + Joy Optimism
Joy + Surprise Delight
Fear + Surprise Alarm Awe
Surprise + Sadness Disappointment Disapproval
Sadness + Disgust Remorse
Disgust + Anger Contempt
Anger + Joy Pride
Anticipation + Fear Anxiety
Anticipation + Trust Fatalism Hope
Trust + Surprise Curiosity Trust + Fear Submission
Fear + Sadness Despair
Sadness + Anger Envy
Surprise + Anger Outrage
Surprise + Disgust Unbelief Shock
Disgust + Joy Morbidness
Disgust + Anticipation Cynicism
Anger + Trust Dominance
Trust + Sadness Sentimentality
Sadness + Anticipation Pessimism
Fear + Disgust Shame ❖
Emotional Literacy If you're uncertain how you are feeling, notice your own:
Facial Expression (unimodal expression) Prosody (vocal emotion) C-tactile afferent (tactile receptor found in non-glabrous (i.e., hairy) skin that conveys pressure, speed, and temperature information) Touch (somatosensory channels that include the sensation of temperature, pain, and the position of one’s body in space) Multi-Sensory Integration (convergence of senses)
Example: "I'm scared" having a frightened face, shaking voice with a cold grip
Neurotransmitters, Hormones and mood Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to transmit nerve impulse across synapses. Hormones are chemical messengers used by the endocrine system to communicate with specific targets cells and stimulate them.
Cortisol (stress hormone) The pituitary gland in the brain regulates cortisol production while the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) produce it. Cortisol plays an important role in the stress response.
Indicators that too much cortisol is being produced:
Fatigue Mid-section weight gain Bruising easily Swelling in the legs Mood swings Irregular periods Mental fogginess Muscle weakness
Higher estrogen levels and lower testosterone levels generate irritability in men. Additionally, if there are high levels of cortisol (stress hormone), it diminishes testosterone levels causing increased mood swings in men.
Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) is a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity.
Autism isneurodevelopmental condition of variable severity with lifelong effects that can be recognized from early childhood, characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Alexithymia the inability to recognize or describe one's own emotions.
Feeling good about who you are Check in with your emotional wellness:
Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid? Are you aware of your bodily sensations, emotions, and behaviors when you are stressed? Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are? How do you care for yourself on a daily basis? Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
Signs of Emotional Wellness Goals for 2023
Having the ability to talk about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others Saying "no" when you need to without feeling guilty Feeling content most of the time Feeling you have a reliable support network, i.e., people in your life who genuinely care about you Being able to relax