Thoughts and feelings are often used interchangeably. There really is a difference – a big difference.
Interpretations, criticisms, diagnoses, and judgments of others are thoughts that are alienated expressions of our unmet needs.
I feel followed by [that/ like/ as if ]
I feel followed by [I, you, he, she, they, it]
I feel followed by [name or description of person]
I feel [feeling] that [some thought]
|“I feel that you should know better.”||– thought|
|“I feel frustrated.”||– feeling|
|“I feel it is useless.”||– thought|
|“I feel scared when you say that.”||– feeling|
|“I feel you don’t love me.”||– opinion|
|“I am sad that you’re leaving.”||– feeling|
|“I feel you are annoying me on purpose.”||– opinion|
| “I am upset because I think you are|
annoying me purpose.”
|“I feel I am being unkind to them.”||– opinion|
| “I feel regret around how I am behaving|
Sometimes, we use the word feel when we have opinions, are evaluating the actions of others, or how we think others are acting toward us.
|“I feel inadequate as a guitar player.”||opinion of my ability|
|“I feel (disappointed, impatient, frustrated) with myself as a guitar player.”||feelings|
|“I feel unimportant to the people with whom I work.”||thought (how I think|
other are evaluating me)
|“I feel misunderstood.”||– my opinion about the other person level of understanding.|
|“I feel ignored.”||–an interpretation of the action of others rather than a clear statement of how we are feeling.|
|“When you don’t greet me, I feel neglected.”||– interpretation|
|“When you don’t greet me at the door, I feel lonely.”||– feeling|
When people begin expressing their feelings (about their met and unmet needs) and talking about what they need rather than what’s wrong with one another, the possibility of finding ways to meet everybody’s needs is greatly increased.