9. The feelings
1. Classification of feelings
We can perceive feelings as an emotional state of pleasure or pain which share every vital role.
It can be classified into three groups:
a) Sensitive feelings. They are the ones to go with which sensations, that is, the emotional state of the emotions. For example: the pleasant savour of a fruit or a drink; the cold on our feet in winter or the warm sensation in summer; the pleasant caress in our skin or a tickling sensation.
All these feelings are external and located in different parts of the body.
b) Vital feelings. They arise from a good or bad organic function. For example, having good or bad health, vitality or exhaustion, the will to live or apathy. These feelings are not located in a specific part of the body.
c) Spiritual feelings. They take place in intimacy. We can distinguish four types:
- Aesthetic feelings, which emerge from the contemplation of beauty through painting, music, poetry, etc.
- Intellectual feelings as the happiness for a scientific discovery, for resolve a problem or for understand a philosophical theory.
- Moral feelings, as the intimate pleasure of doing good to others, helping the needy, dominate our passions and others.
- Religious feelings are the highest of spiritual ones: they allow us to discover the relation between God and the world, to trust in the providence and wait for the gifts from Heaven.