Desires aren't emotions?


Desires aren't emotions?
I always assumed that when I really want something or have a strong sense of aversion to something then that's all emotions are. Or they are purely mental things. Physical sensations are entirely separate.

I only learned recently that most people actually feel physical sensations that correspond with what they 'feel' and that emotions are more than a purely intellectual thing.

I'm so confused by this. What are people talking about?

I always assumed I was just as emotional as everyone else but that was when I lived with my family, and it's a big family with two brothers and 2 sisters and a mom and dad, but now that I live alone I notice that I never laugh at anything even when I watch comedies. So my laughter was purely social. I don't react to anything or seem to have my own 'real' feelings. And that's another feeling . . . what's actually the difference between a 'real' feeling and an unreal one? It seems the same thing. Emotions seem fake.

Physical sensations are real, intellectual interests and desires are real. But what else is there? There's pain and pleasure and there's the taste of food and the sensation of sex and touch, but what the hell does any of that have to do with emotions???? Those are the only kind of sensations there are. I don't get it.

Anyway, I'm new here, I'm 29 from the UK. I scored 152 on the test.

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Alexithymia - emotional blindness - is a personal trait which affects roughly 10% of the population.

Alexithymia describes the difficulty of people to perceive and describe emotions of others and themselves. Most persons concerned are not aware about this deficit and usually they are just recognizing it in contact with others, especially close friends, within their family or their partner.

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