Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Emotion Mood 
and Temperament

Many years ago, maybe eight or ten years back, I attended a course in Human Resource Management at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Hyderabad, which comprised a module on Organizational Behaviour, and here is something I jotted down in my notebook:

EMOTION is a response to a stimulus (or situation). This stimulus can be either external (outside you) or internal (inside you).

MOOD is a long duration feeling as compared to emotion. 
Emotions come and go but mood persists. 
Emotion remains as long as the trigger (stimulus) remains,
but mood remains for some time even after the stimulus goes away
and sometimes mood may not need a specific stimulus.

TEMPERAMENTWhen mood persists for a long period it becomes temperament.

Emotion comes first whenever you are in danger leading to impulsive action to save you from that danger (fight or flight response). 

Otherwise, thought comes first and then emotion follows.

It is desirable that thought precedes emotion.

If you can manage your thoughts you can manage your emotions, and consequently you will be able to manage your mood and temperament.

Cheers. Be Happy. May you always keep your emotions in check, may you always be in a good mood and may you have a happy, optimistic and calm temperament.

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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