Putting Pain into Words: The Five Emotions Humans Experience

Five EmotionsThere are five emotions that humans experience. They are:

  1.    Happiness as in the state of being cheerful and feeling good
  2.    Fear as in an unpleasant emotion in which you are worried
  3.     Anger as in a strong sense of annoyance and irritation
  4.     Sadness as in a feeling of sorrow and unhappiness
  5.     & Guilt as in a feeling of being at fault or to blame for something

Five Emotions Explained

While many other words guide how you might feel about something they all will link back to one of these five emotions. For instance, joy, excitement, and positivity are all derived from a feeling of happiness. It is also possible to experience two or more emotions at once. For instance, someone could be fearful that his or her pain will not be manageable while being angry that they are sick.

Alternatively, two conflicting emotions can be true at the same time. For instance, an individual might be happy they are receiving treatment for pain, yet are sad because they have an illness.

No matter what, there is always one way or another to express yourself. Here is a list of many feeling words you can use to describe the situation you may face:


Abandoned Disillusioned Inadequate Powerful
Accepted Dismayed Indifferent Powerless
Aggressive Disrespectful Inferior Proud
Alienated Distant Infuriated Provocative
Amazed Eager Inquisitive Rejected
Amused Ecstatic Insecure Remorseful
Anxious Embarrassed Insignificant Repugnant
Apathetic Empty Inspired Resentful
Ashamed Energetic Interested Respected
Astonished Enraged Intimate Ridiculed
Aversion Excited Irritated Sarcastic
Avoidance Frightened Isolated Scared
Awful Frustrated Jealous Sensitive
Bored Fulfilled Joyful Shocked
Confident Furious Judgmental Skeptical
Confused Guilty Liberated Startled
Courageous Hateful Lonely Submissive
Critical Hesitant Loving Suspicious
Depressed Hopeful Open Terrified
Despair Hostile Optimistic Threatened
Detestable Humiliated Overwhelmed Victimized
Devastating Hurt Peaceful Vulnerable
Disappointed Ignored Perplexed Withdrawn
Disapproving Important Playful Worthless

It is evident that chronic pain is difficult to understand. However, it is important, to be honest with yourself and others around you. There is no shame in asking for help especially when it comes to your health. Transparency, openness, and honesty is essential and imperative to your health and well-being.

“Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity” –Janet Louise Stepenson



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Danielle Faith is a graduate of the The University of California, Los Angeles with a Degree in Cultural Geography. She know how your location in life (race, religion, economic status, etc.,) influences how you view the world. Today, Danielle Faith is freelance writer and marketing consultant. She specializes in new media marketing and self-improvement. Not to mention, she has a knack for clarity, and over ten years of experience. Danielle has personal experience with chronic pain and illness. Danielle is a survivor and optimist as well as persistent and driven. When she puts her mind to something it gets done. When she is not writing or checking what’s new on social media, she’s listening to music and relaxing with her dog.

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4 Comments on “Putting Pain into Words: The Five Emotions Humans Experience”

  1. Chronic pain gives me four of the five meta feelings. Fear, anger, sadness, and guilt. And robs me of happiness a lot of the time.
    Fear that it will never end, anger that I have to feel like this, sadness because I can’t do anything that I want to do because it hurts and guilt because i feel like a burden to those around me.

    1. Fear is there to put you into fight mode, anger is there is to invoke a need for change, sadness is there to show you the pain is not right, and guilt is there as an indication that we care about how we are affecting those around us. Chronic Pain is a thief and a bully. Yet thieves can be put into prisons and bullies can be defeated. Don’t be happy with your pain but please be happy knowing there are people, such as Faith, who can help guide you when you need some moral support to get you through the day. I wish you healing and freedom from your suffering. Till then let’s not give up, ok! ^_^

  2. I am someone who attends anger management classes (not by choice) and they have us write down our feelings every day. The list of feelings that you posted really helped me to understand what I am feeling and it has encouraged me to start writing to express myself.

  3. Isn’t it so difficult to be honest with ourselves when it comes to feelings? I know I struggle, but after reading your post I think I am ready to consider facing my own fears and my own missions in life.

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