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 ...
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 ... Gender and racial differences of feeling and expressing emotion ...
Center For Feeling Therapy - Abandonment of Primal Therapy
... Shortly thereafter, the therapists at the Center for Feeling Therapy had a "major ideological shift.. ... had been faking their 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 ... 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." Riggs instituted ...
Gut Feeling
... This section 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "feeling":

  • (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
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word feeling:

    I am in the pitiable situation of feeling all the force of temptation without having the strength to succumb to it.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    Realizing that his time was nearly spent, he gave full oral instructions about his burial and the manner in which he wished to be remembered.... A few minutes later, feeling very tired, he left the room, remarking, ‘I have no disposition to leave this precious circle. I love to be here surrounded by my family and friends.’ Then he gave them his blessing and said, ‘I am ready to go and I wish you goodnight.’
    —For the State of New Hampshire, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    I said, “That was a very brave thing to do.” He said, “Och, it was just the training.” I have a feeling that, in the end, probably that is the answer to a great many things.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926)