Emotions as our personality developing mechanisms

By – Gayatri Agarwal


What exactly are emotions? It’s an intuitive feeling that comes from one’s power of knowledge, reasoning and circumstances. It’s our brains’ way of asking you to feel things. So why is that we often end up running away from them?

We have eight basic emotions that we feel; they are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Surprise, Anticipation, Anger and Trust. There are times when we feel a mix of 3-4 emotions. Every emotion depicts and has its function, which ultimately teaches us a lesson. Whether it’s happy or sad, nothing’s terrible in being sad. Being anxious and comfortable are two sides of the same coin wherein one cannot survive without the other. So even if you are unhappy or low, embrace the happiness of what’s going to come after the sad part is over because everything happens for a reason and it’s always a good one.

Every emotion, like being angry or fearful, serves its purpose and leaves us with a lesson of a lifetime. For example, we know how competitive exams are, they can be stressful, make you sad and happy, it all depends on what the result is, but what if we make up our mind and say to ourselves that no matter what the outcome is; even if it gets me sad, I will sleep over it and the next day is when all the positivity should flow in. Because whether you believe it or not, everything happens for a good reason, you won’t see it now but ultimately you will, and that’s when you realise how every emotion is beautiful and plays its role in teaching us a lesson.

 Let’s take anger, for example, no matter how much negativity we see in it, but at the end, it’s that emotion which gears up and motivates us to achieve something good for us. It channelises our energy towards something good. Of course, people can use this emotion for destruction, but that’s what exactly we need to learn. Emotions are a part of us, so we ought to use it for our growth & learning in a positive way.

Emotions function to guide us to survive and thrive. They focus our attention and motivate us toward a specific course of action. So embrace all the feelings with an optimistic attitude as it’s what makes us who we are.

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