For example, sometimes we think we are feeling angry when it is actually frustration. Also, to note, anger is often a secondary emotion, typically something happens and comes before anger surfaces.
There are no good or bad emotions, they all serve a purpose to help us survive in the moment, and we often need some time to reflect on them, yet rarely have the opportunity, space, or understanding to do so.
Take a few minutes today, or maybe each day if you feel able to commit to this, to identify a situation or encounter in which you had a response to. This response might have felt physical or you might not have been able to stop thinking about it.
Then, work your way around this emotions wheel to identify what it could be. Use a dictionary if needed to see what the emotion's defintion is. Often we have a mismatched understanding of the name of an emotion and how it feels.
Lastly, check this emotion is yours and does not belongh to somebody else who you have had recent contact with. If it is not yours, how does this make you feel... use the wheel.
Some people might find this helpful, whereas others might feel even more confused by so many choice. All responses are welcome and normal, because we are individuals with individual experiences.
Please get in touch if you would like some support to identify your feeling or discuss anything which came up in the exercise.
Knowing the name of emotions is not something we are born with, it is simply something we can work towards.