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Emotion or Feeling is the expression of inner feelings in a human being. The Theory of Evolution has no explanation for the wide range of human emotions, as even Charles Darwin admitted.

Some of the higher animals also display emotion, such as the joyful playfulness or mournful lonely cries of canines like dogs and wolves.

Emotions are often a creative counter to the supposedly more rational left side of the brain but are usually more powerful because even in situations where people believe their decisions are guided purely by logic and rationality, emotions play a key role. [1]

Importance of Emotions

Emotions drive and motivate people. While nobody wants to feel anxiety, this can drive one to better. Like when one has anxiety about a test, it can increase their chance of studying. [2] Unfortuanetly negative feelings drive people to such as when one is angry they often make bad decisions. [3]. The best way to avoid this in the feeling of gratitude. As gratitude is the source of goodness. [4] Emotions also people make better decisions, as researchers found that people with certain types of brain damage affecting their ability to experience emotions also have a decreased ability to make good decisions. [5]


Emotions and feelings serve as a representative of one's value system in such they protect it. So when one's values (not necessarily moral values) are challenged or dismissed, their emotions and feelings (which guard and are a part of our value system) will arise. The same will happen if one's values are appraised, validated, or approved. [6]

Atheism and emotional problems

See: Atheism and emotional problems

Emotional intelligence "refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions."[7] Research indicates that religiosity is positively associated with ability in emotional intelligence.[8][9][10] For more information, please see: Atheism and emotional problems

Feeling in Buddhism

Feelings or sensations, called Vedana in Sanskrit is the second of the Five aggregates in Buddhist philosophy of mind.
  1. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-purpose-of-emotions-2795181
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-purpose-of-emotions-2795181
  3. https://medium.com/@JasonSpitkoski/why-emotions-are-more-important-than-intelligence-16a8be60839d
  4. https://www.prageru.com/video/the-key-to-unhappiness/
  5. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-purpose-of-emotions-2795181
  6. http://www.mind-mastery.com/article/361/Value-System-and-The-Feeling-Function
  7. Emotional intelligence
  8. Divine Emotions: On the Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Religious Belief, Journal of Religion and Health, December 2017, Volume 56, Issue 6, pp 1998–2009
  9. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE WITH RELIGIOUS COPING AND GENERAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS by Masoumeh Bagheri Nesami, Amir Hossein Goudarzian, Houman Zarei, Pedram Esameili, Milad Dehghan Pour, and Hesam Mirani, Materia Sociomedica. 2015 Dec; 27(6): 412–416. doi: 10.5455/msm.2015.27.412-416
  10. Religiosity and perceived emotional intelligence among Christians, Personality and Individual Differences 41(3):479-490 · August 2006, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.01.016