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The Nine Family Groups of Emotions

Published on February 4, 2013 By Susanne

For the purposes of our Hearing God series on the Psychology of Jesus, I have combined a list of our emotions – both pleasant and unpleasant – as a way of seeing the complexity of human personality.  Many of these family groups are inter-related; emotions can be found in other ‘cousin’ family groups.  Most of these emotions will also have progressive ‘intensity levels’: irate, annoyed, angry to enraged.

1. The Family of Anxiety – This group is marked by apprehension, dread, worry, panic, obsessions and phobias.  Most anxiety is rooted in past psychological damage.  The challenge is to bring the damage to God for healing.  Denial, unbelief and low self worth are the common barriers for this to happen.