So what are emotions? How do they differ from feelings? Let’s begin with emotions first. According to Candace B Pert, PhD, both the brain and body are part of the subconscious, faithfully recording and reporting chemical processes that enter our conscious awareness only as we recognize them as emotions. Think of emotions as cellular signals that can be triggered by internal (thoughts) or external (environmental) stimuli and are designed to:
- Get your attention
- Give you information by connecting the subconscious with the conscious
- Give you energy
- Motivate you to take appropriate action (if any is needed); otherwise to give you the opportunity to learn something that might be very helpful in the future.