Why Do We Have Emotions?

Emotions bring colour and meaning to life – in fact, without them, life would be soulless and bland. 

But emotions – like rage, grief and shame – can also bring great pain and suffering. 

So if they can cause such distress, why do we have emotions? What’s the point of them? Why did they evolve in the first place?

Download this table or read below to learn more

If you’d like some help to work with your emotions, take a look at the Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions here, or take one of our self-compassion courses here

CFT difficult emotions, Emotion Regulation Form, Difficult Emotions

Why do we have Emotions?
- The Evolved Function of Emotions

These handouts have all been adapted from the wonderful work of Paul Gilbert – find out more at www.compassiontemind.co.uk