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Language and emotions

Dear readers,


I would like to talk about your emotional experience, to be precisely, have you ever felt something, that you were not able to express or describe in your native language?

Feb 21, 2015 12:00 PM
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Yes, many times.It is sometimes very difficult and frustrating when we try to express our emotions even in our native language.There is a lot of material which has been written about the gap between our inner world and our self expression.Words are a vehicle to express thoughts and feelings and sometimes they are just not enough.For example to say that I was "excited" "happy" or "ecstatic" at the birth of my son is really not strong enough to express that feeling of having a baby.How about you?

February 21, 2015

Thanks for comment, Ruthi!


Frankly speaking, I had inexplainable emotional experience for several times, for instance the state of shock, or when I was affected by an accident (but generally, it was a negative experience). There is a conspicuous feature, that my cognitive abilities couldn't corelate with what I was feeling at the moment, I mean I was unable to refer my feelings to the vocabulary or to any semantic unit in my mind. What I am concerned in, that there are still many emotional conditions that we cannot express verbally, in human language. I also take into consideration the fact, that relations between language system and our inner world consist of exclusively subjective comprehension, nevertheless does language exists on the deeeeeeeeep emotional level, the words which can describe the complexity of such emotions, or we can just refer to them only in the restrictive way?


hope, that my idea is clear enough :)

February 21, 2015
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