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The 8 Core Emotions

We have published several posts in the past few months with the direct objective of helping families and loved ones navigate the newly arrived at world of addiction and substance abuse.

Many friends and family members discover an addict in their lives, and are unsure how to understand this new behavior. In this series of posts we will attempt to simplify and clarify these murky waters as much as possible.

We have recently written about various family roles, such as “The Hero” and the “Enabler”. We have talked about when social or weekend drinking becomes a more serious problem.

Our most recent post on the subject was about the denial of addiction. So today, we will talk about another subject close to the user; their own emotions.

Feelings are sensory, physiological, and involve your body’s response to the world.

Where as motions are what come from those feelings.

8 Basic Feelings

How We Feel Them

And Their Gifts

Anger

 

Resentment
Irritation
Frustration 
Assertiveness
Strength
Energy 
Fear

 

Apprehension
Overwhelmed
Threatened 
Preservation
Wisdom
Protection 
Pain

 

Hurt
Pity
Sad, Lonely 
Healing
Growth
Awareness 
Joy

 

Happy
Elated
Hopeful 
Abundance
Happiness
Gratitude 
Passion

 

Enthusiasm
Desire
Zest 
Appetite
Energy
Excitement 
Love

 

Affection, Warmth
Tenderness
Compassion 
Connection
Life
Spirituality 
Shame

 

Embarrassment
Humble
Exposed 
Humility
Containment
Humanity 
Guilt Regretful
Contrite
Remorseful
Values
Amends
Containment
           *Original chart info courtesy of Pia Mellody

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