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Feeling is the nominalization of "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".[1] In psychology, the word is usually reserved for the conscious subjective experience of emotion.[2] Phenomenology and heterophenomenology are philosophical approaches that provide some basis for knowledge of feelings. Many schools of psychotherapy depend on the therapist achieving some kind of understanding of the client's feelings, for which methodologies exist. Some theories of interpersonal relationships also have a role for shared feelings or understanding of another person's feelings.[citation needed]

File:Sensitiva (Miquel Blay, MRABASF E-76)
Sensitive, sculpture by Miquel Blay (1910)

Perception of the physical world does not necessarily result in a universal reaction among receivers (see emotions), but varies depending on one's tendency to handle the situation, how the situation relates to the receiver's past experiences, and any number of other factors. Feelings are also known as a state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments or desires.


Gut feeling

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 injured passerby, avoiding dark alleys and generally acting in accordance with instinctive feelings about a given situation. It can also refer to simple common knowledge phrases which are true no matter when said, such as "Water is wet", "Fire is hot", or to ideas that an individual intuitively regards as true, without proof (see "Truthiness" for examples).

Gut feelings, like all reflexive unconscious comparisons, can be re-programmed by practice or experience.

See also


  1. ^ feeling - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education
  2. ^ VandenBos, Gary (2006) APA Dictionary of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

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feeling (comparative more feeling, superlative most feeling)


more feeling

most feeling

  1. Emotionally sensitive.
    Despite the rough voice, the coach is surprisingly feeling.





feeling (plural feelings)

  1. Sensation, particularly through the skin.
    The wool on my arm produced a strange feeling.
  2. Emotion; impression.
    The house gave me a feeling of dread.
  3. (always plural) Emotional state or well-being.
    You really hurt my feelings when you said that.
  4. (always plural) Emotional attraction or desire.
    Many people still have feelings for their first love.
  5. Intuition.
    He has no feeling for what he can say to somebody in such a fragile emotional condition.
  6. An opinion, an attitude.
    • 1972, George J. W. Goodman (Adam Smith), Supermoney‎, page 156:
      When you are tempted to speculate in cocoa, lie down until the feeling goes away.

Derived terms


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  1. Present participle of feel.




From English


feeling m. (plural feelings)

  1. instinct, hunch



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