Saturday, January 18, 2014



Jottings from my Notebook:

Many years ago, around 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.

Here is something I jotted down in my notebook:

EMOTION - A Short Term Feeling

EMOTION is a response to a stimulus (or situation). 

This stimulus can be either external (outside you) or internal (inside you).

Emotion is a short term feeling.

MOOD - A Medium Term Feeling

MOOD is a longer 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.

Sometimes mood may not need a specific stimulus.

TEMPERAMENT - A Long Term Feeling

When mood persists for a very long period it becomes temperament.

Temperament is a permanent feeling.


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

Otherwise, normally, 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 if you can manage your emotions, you will be able to manage your mood and, consequently, your temperament.


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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