Diagram: Nature of Feelings

Basic Diagram on the Nature of Feelings

Diagram of Interaction Between Stimuli, Feelings, Thoughts, & Responses

“You’d better strongly think, believe, and yes, feel that you can control your own emotional destiny. Not others’ thoughts and actions. No, not the fate of the world. But your thoughts, feelings, and actions.” —Albert Ellis

Explanation of the Diagram

Stimuli is the plural of stimulus.

  • Stimuli can be understood as what happened.
  • The stimuli are what you reacted to.
  • Stimuli are often events in the world but can also be physical or mental events.


  • Feelings are the sensations that you have after making contact with stimuli.


  • Thoughts are the ideas that you have regarding what to do about your feelings.


  • Responses are the actions that you take regarding your feelings about what happened.


  • Impulses are the driving forces that prompt you to react with feelings, thoughts, and responses to events, to stimuli.

A Second Version of the Basic Diagram of How Feelings Work

The Second Basic Diagram of Feelings

3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2020

#Feeling #Steps: 2020-02-20

1. Stimuli (developments, events, happenings, incidents) get our attention.

2. We make contact with these stimuli and have feelings (sensations) about them.

3. We then think about these feelings and what they mean for our safety, story, and progress.

4. Based on what we think about these feelings, we then choose responses to the stimuli in order to increase or decrease them.

5. All of these steps are prompted by impulses that we are mostly unaware of because they are often energy-based, nonverbal, instinctive, and primordial rather than consciously intentional.

#Emotion #Thought: 2020-03-15

1. Thoughts do not cause emotions because the cause of emotions is sensations.

2. Thoughts do interact with and recall emotions by naming sensations.

3. Thoughts do feed and maintain emotions by reminding the emotions of sensations.

4. Thoughts do embellish and exaggerate emotions by naming sensations in extreme ways.

5. Thoughts do select things to have emotions about by highlighting sensations and making them important.

#Emotion #Sensation: 2020-03-16

1. Emotions come from contact with sensations, not thoughts.

2. Emotions are fed and maintained by sensations, not thoughts.

3. Emotions are focused on and interested in sensations, not thoughts.

4. Emotions are recalled and remembered by sensations, not thoughts.

5. Emotions are chosen and selected by choosing and selecting sensations, not thoughts.

#Important #Sensations: 2020-03-17

1. Sensations are the basis of meaning and purpose [feelings are sensations about sensations].

2. Sensations are more important and taken more seriously than thoughts.

3. Sensations naturally persist longer in memory than any other psychological phenomena (sensing, images, naming, identifying, judging, thinking).

4. Sensations have a greater effect and impact than other psychological phenomena.

5. All psychological phenomena are eventually about sensations in order to claim intention and meaning.

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