Just as negative emotions can be used to influence or manipulate people so too can positive emotions.
Kindness is more a state of being than an emotion per se, but it fits into the category of something that can be feigned. An act, in itself, can be kind, but the motivation behind it is what [...]
photo by Kenzie Saunders
I like this photo, because when I first saw it I saw a broken flower, but when I looked closer I realized it was plastic. The title of this photo is “Fake Sorrow”. How appropriate is that?
Sorrow and the various forms it can take — depression, melancholy, grief, distress [...]
Fear is just one negative emotion that can be feigned. There are others like righteous anger and indignation. Instead of coming from a place of weakness like fear, indignation and righteous anger appears to come from strength. But in truth all manipulation comes from weakness.
Feigned indignation and righteous anger is a multipurpose weapon used [...]
Feigning means to fake, to act “as if”, to pretend. You can fake anything, including emotions. Any perceived emotion or state of being can be used to hide, mislead, seduce or distract.
In themselves, all emotional states of being just are. They can have negative impact if we deny their existence, thereby denying healing [...]