Emotions and Feelings


Reading: Can't Buy Love: Materialism Kills Marriages

Focusing too heavily on the "for richer" part of the nuptial vows could spell disaster for a marriage, according to research published today by Brigham Young University and William Paterson University.


Questions for discussion, Part I:

  1. Are there any parts of the city where you live which you are afraid to visit after dark? Where? Why?
  2. Are there certain weather conditions that scare people? What are they? Why do people become scared?
  3. Are you afraid of flying?
  4. Are you afraid of heights?
  5. Are you afraid to ride a motorcycle?
  6. Are you afraid of the dark? Were you afraid of the dark as a child?
  7. Are you afraid of ghosts?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What definition would you give for laughter?
  2. Do you laugh a lot?
  3. How important is laughter?
  4. Is laughter infectious / catching?
  5. Do you often burst into laughter?
  6. When is laughter wrong or ill-advised?
  7. What do you think when you hear the sound of laughter?
  8. How does laughter happen?
  9. People can ‘roar’ or ‘howl’ with laughter, and ‘burst into’ or ‘break into’ laughter. What are the differences between these?

Relationship at Work

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do love affairs at work happen so often?
  2. Why do love affairs rarely end up as a marriage?
  3. Have you ever been in love or dated with your colleague? Or do you know such a story? Did it end up well?
  4. Why do many companies prohibit love affairs between the workers of the company and between the workers and clients/ partners? Is it only because the bosses want their employees be lonely and spend all their time at work?

Gender Stereotypes

  1. Men are stoic.
  2. Men express more anger.
  3. Men show emotion to communicate dominance.
  4. Men are overwhelmed by women's expressions of emotion.
  5. Unlike women men are not obsessed with getting maried.
  6. Men are more obsessed with sex.
  7. Men do not care about cleaning up - they can live in a pighouse full of cigarette stumps and beer.
  8. Men are more careful drivers.
  9. Men seldom cry, unlike women.
  10. Men generally do not take care of babies. They pass it on to women.

Gender Roles

Vocabulary Gender role - a set of behaviors that indicates one's gender, specifically the image projected by a person that identifies their femaleness or maleness; an overt (open) public presentation of gender identity. (

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Questions for discussion:

  1. What's your attitude to jewellery? How often do you wear it?
  2. Who wears more jewelry - men or women? Now and back in time.
  3. Do you have family jewellery and traditions related to it?
  4. Do you think there is fashion or style in wearing it? Do you have your style? What are the standards for wearing jewellery in office?
  5. Would you like to become a jeweller? Do you know a jeweller?
  6. Who would you give jewels as a gift? On what occasion?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Is depression a mental illness?
  2. Do children get depression?
  3. Can lack of sleep cause depression?
  4. Why are women more likely to get depression?
  5. Do most people with depression commit suicide?
  6. Will someone who has had depression get it again?
  7. How long does depression last in you ?
  8. What things you do to come out of depression?
  9. What are the common things that causes depression in men and women ?
  10. How is depression treated ?


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Reading: Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research,
Never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"
The youth answered "none".


Questions for discussion:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smile’?
  2. Why is a smile so nice?
  3. Are you a smiler? Do you smile a lot? Do you like it?
  4. What made you smile today?
  5. When was the last time you couldn’t stop smiling?
  6. What things always make you smile?
  7. What can you do in your life to smile more?
  8. What memories from your past always put a smile on your face?
  9. What difference does it make when sales staff smiles at you in stores, train stations, etc?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What causes anger? In which cases do you get hot under the collar in your everyday life?
  2. What are various ways people respond to anger? Is it possible for you not to respond when somebody makes your blood boil?
  3. Can anger be ever justified? If so, how can we determine whether it is?
  4. How can you calm somebody down when he/she is on the warpath?
  5. Do you think men and women show their anger differently?
  6. Do you feel remorseful when you fly off the handle?

Is it stupid to release negative feelings by pounding a pillow?

Questions for discussion:

  1. What's best to do with negative feelings?
  2. What do you when you are down?
  3. Why the Nature or Evolution or God provided us with negative and positive feelings? Do these reasons serve its purpose?
  4. Can a person who sometimes has negative feelings be really happy in life?
  5. What is it to be really happy in life?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Defining "feelings" and understanding their importance
  2. Not knowing what we feel keeps us unaware of what is going on inside
  3. The thinking mind and the feeling mind
  4. The true language of the subconscious mind: feelings, sensations, emotions, impressions and memories
  5. What we resist will persist, but what we can feel we can heal

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