What are Emotions, Feelings, Affect, and Mood?. This video describes the differences between emotions, feelings, affect, and mood. There are number of definitions for each of these terms, which causes confusion when attempting to apply the terms in mental health counseling. Emotions are the most basic of the four, automatic, fast, and not always logical. The six basic emotions are anger, surprise, fear, disgust, happiness, and sadness. Feelings are more cognitive, require cognitive awareness, are long lasting, and are emotions that are processed by thinking. Feelings occur when an emotion is given value. Affect and mood are feelings and emotions together.
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