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25 Jun 2012

Feelings, Emotions, Intuition And Their Differences

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Feelings, Emotions, Intuition - Difference

Much does not exist when it comes to feelings, emotions, intuition and their differences. For instance, a commenter (Roger) to my post on the difference between emotional intelligence and intuition wanted more especially between emotions and feelings:

It’s also not clear what the difference between Emotion and Feelings are in your article and also in reality, these are often used interchangeably.

Roger is right. People use emotions and feelings interchangeably. Dictionaries don’t help much. That’s why in such cases I look at the roots of words.

Feelings, Emotions, Intuition And A Food Analogy

When it comes to feelings, emotions, intuition and their differences, a food analogy helps. Here feelings are ingredients. Emotions are the foods. Intuition is the meal.

In this sense, feelings form emotions. Feelings are the raw materials. Emotions move us. Latin breaks emotion into e-motion. That means to bring out motion. Thus, emotions move us to think, do or say something. In the food analogy, we make foods. That’s the action.

Yet, going further, the foods together give us insights. The foods say something about the meal. That meal can tell us something about what’s going on. It can tell us something about the culture. Perhaps it’s a celebration. That’s intuition. Intuition works the same way from emotions.

Feelings, Emotions, Intuition And Food Examples

For example, yeast, salt, water and flour make bread. These four ingredients are feelings. Bread is emotion. How the bread is used says something about what’s going on. A large loaf or many loaves might mean many people. Hard or soft crust might say something about the people. Soft crust might say the bread is for sandwiches.

Expand this. Take junk food, comfort food or breakfast food. Are they a snack? Are they part of a meal? Is the meal formal? Ethnic? Vegetarian? In the food analogy each food represents an emotion. Again, their ingredients represent feelings. The answers to these questions are intuition.

Feelings, Emotions, Intuition And Real-Life Examples

Intuition works the same way. It gives meanings to emotions. For example, if I’m happy (feeling), I might want to buy something (emotion). What I buy says something (intuition). It can say something about my state. It can say something about me. Both might apply too.

Any event can stir many feelings in us. Some can be conflicting. For instance, a friend’s good fortune might stir feelings of happiness. It might also stir jealousy. The happiness might move us to throw a party for the friend. The jealousy might make it less sincere.

Regardless, intuition helps us learn what these emotions are saying. Why are we so happy? Jealous? The kind of party says things too. Is it the type of party we would like? Or, is it one that our friend would truly like? Is it both?

Therefore, when it comes to feelings, emotions, intuition and their differences, think food!


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2 Responses

  1. Mike, I really enjoyed the food analogy for the difference between feelings and emotions. Much of the work I do needs to be simplified as I am dealing with younger children, parents and teachers. Everyone can relate to food! Thank you. Kathylee

    1. Mike Lehr

      You’re welcome, Kathylee. I’m pleased the analogy helps and might even pass the child test. Thank you for visiting, commenting and complimenting. ~Mike

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