Top Ten Negative Emotions (Part 1) 

The list of negative emotions will help you reflect on the most common emotions affecting your current lifestyle.

  1. Anger
  2. Frustration/Annoyance
  3. Sadness
  4. Guilt
  5. Fear/Anxiety


Anger is one of the most common negative emotions we feel, and it arises from various other negative emotions, including frustration, annoyance, sadness, guilt, fear, despair, disappointment,

shame and jealousy. Anger can appear in a variety of ways, where our management of the emotion is typically lacking. We like to give into our anger because we feel it is productive or righteous. When someone harms us, our natural psychological response is to become angry. There are times when anger can be used as a personal power weapon, but when it is an emotion we cannot control or manage correctly it is not effective.


Frustration or annoyance comes from the trivial things that will build up over time. It often derives from a feeling of a lack of power or control. It can arrive from being tired, unrealized potential, and even dismissal from others.


Nostalgia is different from the negative emotion of sadness. We can have periods where we think of the past when life was good, or we had certain people in our life. For example, the loss of a father, when reflecting on having the person around and the lessons taught can be a reaffirming emotion.

Sadness when it is derived from depression, anger, guilt, frustration, or a chronic companion is a negative emotion one must learn to correct.


Guilt results from things we have done that are against our moral code. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways from anxiety and fear, projection, and delusion, to breaking actual laws. Guilt, whether it is something a parent instilled in you or you gained from acting incorrectly, is negative and detrimental to your overall wellbeing.


Fear and anxiety go hand in hand because usually it is fear causing feelings of anxiety within your mind. A psychological response, fear can derive

from outside influences or be an internal struggle due to a lack of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. Anxiety and the symptoms resulting from this negative emotion happen over time, building the more we ignore the reason for the fear and succumbing to a feeling of powerlessness.