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Secondary Emotions

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Updated January 22, 2009

Definition: The emotional reactions we have to other emotions. For example, a person may feel ashamed as a result of becoming anxious or sad.

Secondary emotions are often caused by the beliefs we have about experiencing certain emotions. Some people may believe that being anxious or sad is a sign a weakness or says something negative about them as a person. Therefore, whenever these emotions are experienced, these thoughts come up, which trigger secondary emotions.

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