The 5 types of human emotions. Descriptive list of each one

The human emotions are responsible for making us shudder, cry, laugh, feel happy, unhappy, overwhelmed … Within the field of medicine and, specifically, psychology, they have been determined different types of emotions that is worth knowing. In this article we have reviewed the 5 most common and that they are divided depending on a series of criteria accepted by the medical community. Here you have it.

Primary or basic emotions

It is one of the most basic types of emotions that human beings have. They are characterized by appearing to response mode of an external stimulus. These emotions are as follows:






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We are facing emotions intrinsic to the human being and that appear independently of the culture in which we are born or grow up.

Secondary emotions

Another of the emotions that are studied are those that are known as secondary and that, therefore, are those that appear a collation of the first emotion that we have felt (the basic one); that is to say, it would be the chain reaction that generates that first emotion in us.

For example, if we are watching a love movie, the first emotion we may feel is happiness, but then sadness. These emotional reactions will always depend on the experiences of each person and the moment in his life in which he is.

Positive emotions

In addition to classifying emotions depending on their order of appearance, they can also be classified if we value the grade in which they are presented in our mind. Therefore, these emotions will affect our behavior and make us feel better or worse.

Positive emotions are what make us feel good and, therefore, are also known as healthy emotions. Some of them are:




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Negative emotions

But, of course, within the types of emotions there are also negatives that would be the other side of the previous coin. These emotions affect us negatively and they make us worse. They are emotions that can be considered as toxic and that, in general, we tend to avoid them so as not to feel bad.

Some examples of negative emotions would be fear, sadness, and so on. However, it is important to deal with negative emotions because they are part of the experience of life. Suppressing this kind of emotion will prevent us from letting ourselves feel life in its fullness and from learning from the experiences we live.

Static emotions

There are also other emotions that are known as static and that refer to those that appear when we enjoy a artistic manifestation like, for example, music, painting, dance, poetry, and so on.

For example, if you read a poem, that reading will generate an emotion and this emotion will not be the same that you feel when you live something in the first person and about your own life. It is a different emotion and one that is especially linked to the artistic experience, in that context and enjoying that work of art in question.


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