What is feeling?

  • (noun): The experiencing of affective and emotional states.
    Example: "She had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Feeling is the nominalization of the verb to feel. The word was first used in the English language to describe the physical sensation of touch through either experience or perception. The word is also used to describe experiences, other than the physical sensation of touch, such as "a feeling of warmth".

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Soul Kind Of Feeling
... "Soul Kind of Feeling" was a single released in September 1984 by Australian soul music group Dynamic Hepnotics from their album Take You Higher ... In 1986, "Soul Kind of Feeling" won the APRA Music Award for 'Most Performed Australasian Popular Work' ... "Soul Kind of Feeling" was written by lead singer, Robert Susz ...
Gut Feeling
... does not cite any references or sources A gut feeling, or gut reaction, is a visceral emotional reaction to something, and often one of uneasiness ... Gut feelings are generally regarded as not modulated by conscious thought, and as a reflection of intuition rather than rationality ... The phrase "gut feeling" may also be used as a short-hand term for an individual's "common sense" perception of what is considered "the right thing to do" such as helping an ...
Stratification Of Emotional Life (Scheler) - Scheler's Analysis of The Strata of Emotive Life
... For Scheler, human feelings, feeling states and emotions display a meaningful and progressive pattern of levels from our peripheral to the deeper more stable structures of personality ... At our most periphery we have sensible feelings (e.g ... These feelings are shortest in duration, extended and localizable with reference to the lived-body, and are the most readily alterable and accessible through external means and stimuli ...
The Managed Heart: The Commercialization Of Human Feeling
... The Managed heart Commercialization of Human Feeling, by Arlie Russell Hochschild, was first published in 1979 and a new preface was added in 1983 ... A 20th Anniversary addition with a new afterword added by the author was published in 2003 ...
Center For Feeling Therapy - Abandonment of Primal Therapy
... Shortly thereafter, the therapists at the Center for Feeling Therapy had a "major ideological shift.. ... primals." Indeed, one of the Center for Feeling therapists, Jerry Binder, claimed that "a lot of what had been said was a lie" for his testimonial in Janov's ... didn't even exist" and that Janov's cure was "a cruel hoax." Soon after, the Center for Feeling therapists replaced Janov's formulation with their own ideas emphasizing "present-life feelings ...

More definitions of "feeling":

  • (noun): A physical sensation that you experience.
    Example: "He had a queasy feeling"; "I had a strange feeling in my leg"; "he lost all feeling in his arm"
  • (noun): A vague idea in which some confidence is placed.
    Example: "I had a feeling that she was lying"
    Synonyms: impression, belief, notion, opinion
  • (noun): An intuitive understanding of something.
    Example: "He had a great feeling for music"
    Synonyms: intuitive feeling

Famous quotes containing the word feeling:

    Our children evaluate themselves based on the opinions we have of them. When we use harsh words, biting comments, and a sarcastic tone of voice, we plant the seeds of self-doubt in their developing minds.... Children who receive a steady diet of these types of messages end up feeling powerless, inadequate, and unimportant. They start to believe that they are bad, and that they can never do enough.
    Stephanie Martson (20th century)

    Feeling needy—mistaking vulnerability for weakness—doesn’t fit in with our image of what being a mother is all about. If we are needy, how can we care well for a much needier baby? There is a widespread feeling that we have to do it all alone, and if we don’t know something, or can’t manage it, or, heaven forbid, don’t want to, there is something lacking in our makeup.
    Sally Placksin (20th century)

    So closely interwoven have been our lives, our purposes, and experiences that, separated, we have a feeling of incompleteness—united, such strength of self-association that no ordinary obstacles, difficulties, or dangers ever appear to us insurmountable.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)