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April 21, 2020 at 4:53 am

All of the many words that we use to describe emotions can be readily placed in one of these categories. Words such as happy, joy, and ecstasy belong
in category 1. Words such as anger, fear, and rage belong in category 2. Words such as relaxed, blissful, and tranquil belong in category 3. Words such as sad, melancholy, and depressed belong in category 4.

April 21, 2020 at 4:56 am

Disclaimer: I’m not a neurologist, psychologist or otherwise and invite improvements or corrections on the scientific nature of this response

April 21, 2020 at 4:58 am

Emotion is a broad term which describes a complex set of factors. I would say that emotions as we generally understand them are one of the hallmark traits of being human. While other animals share in many of the physical properties underlying our emotional experience, there is something deeply unique in that our mind plays a huge role both in how we experience emotion and what emotions we experience.

April 21, 2020 at 4:59 am

In the physical sense emotions are purely the product of neurotransmitters and hormones. You easily experience the range of emotional effects by changing the level of neurotransmitter and/or hormone production in the body. The resulting chemical reactions can take you to the highest highs and the lowest lows.

April 21, 2020 at 5:02 am

A little dopamine here, a little norepinephrine there… no matter how strong your ego might be, these little chemicals are undeniable when it comes down to it. Intense fear or total elation can be elicited with drugs and brain stimulation. Influence the balance of these neurotransmitters in your brain and prepare to take a ride. Our ego might be at the steering wheel, but our brain is the vehicle and we’re at its mercy.

April 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Neurotransmitters aren’t just “emotion molecules”, they are chemicals that govern all brain and nervous system activity. Our neurons communicate using neurotransmitters. When we think, we’re changing the action potentials of neurons through ion induction, which results in the release of vessicles of neurotransmitters at the synapse, which bind with receptors in postsynaptic neurons, which triggers a range of responses including increasing the action potential in corresponding neurons.

April 21, 2020 at 5:05 am

Neurotransmitters are responsible for everything from higher level thought, to experiencing sound, to tasting food, to triggering muscles. There are a few hundred different types of neurotransmitter (with some yet to be discovered) and a huge body of research of the most common types – dopamine, GABA, serotonin, etc.