According to American Heritage Dictionary Feelings are:
An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires.
Our feelings in themselves are not good or bad. They just are. You shouldn’t ever let anyone tell you how you should feel about any given circumstance.
Each person reacts to any given situation based on their past experiences. Our emotions are directly related to adaptive behavior and are designed to increase our survival instinct.
According to American psychologist Robert Plutchik every feeling we have is derived from the following eight primary emotions …
Acceptance – the feeling of being liked/loved just as you are. Giving credence to your thoughts, actions and beliefs.
Anger – a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
Anticipation – a feeling of pleasure (and sometimes anxiety) in considering some expected or longed-for good event, or irritation at having to wait.
Disgust – typically associated with things that are perceived as unclean, inedible or infectious.
Fear – a powerful, unpleasant feeling of risk or danger, either real or imagined.
Joy – a feeling of pleasure; a source of happiness.
Sadness – a state of unhappiness and hopelessness.
Surprise – a feeling of shock due to something perceived as unexpected. (Can be pleasant or unpleasant).
You may note that the eight primary emotions are four pairs of opposites;
Acceptance / Disgust; Fear / Anger; Joy / Sadness; Surprise / Anticipation
These eight emotions can be blended in numerous ways for instance blending joy and acceptance gives us the feeling of love.
Even though we cannot experience opposite emotions at the same time, positive and negative emotions can be blended. Acceptance and Fear leads to submissiveness.