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Mood - What Is It?

Updated: Apr 23

Mood refers to a pervasive and enduring emotional state or feeling that colours a person's overall outlook and disposition. It is a complex and multifaceted concept that can vary from person to person and can be influenced by a wide range of factors, including individual temperament, life experiences and external circumstances. Here are five key characteristics of mood:


Duration: Mood is typically a long-lasting emotional state that can persist for hours, days or even weeks. It differs from transient emotions, which are short-lived reactions to specific stimuli.

Tone: Mood has a certain emotional tone or quality that can be positive, negative, or neutral.

For example, someone might have a cheerful and upbeat mood, a sad and melancholic mood, or a calm and neutral mood.

Influence: Mood has a significant impact on a person's thoughts, behaviours and perceptions.

It can shape the way individuals interpret events and interact with others. For example, someone in a happy mood is more likely to view situations positively and engage in social activities, while a person in a sad mood may have a more negative outlook and withdraw from social interactions.

Stability: Moods tend to be relatively stable over time, but they can also fluctuate in response to changing circumstances and emotional experiences. External events, such as a major life event or stressor, can influence and sometimes disrupt a person's mood.

Subjectivity: Moods are highly subjective and can be challenging to measure or quantify objectively. What one person describes as a "good mood" may differ from another person's interpretation of the same emotional state. Consequently, mood assessments often rely on self-reporting and self-awareness.


Understanding and managing one's mood is crucial for emotional well-being and overall mental health. Individuals can develop strategies to regulate and improve their moods, such as engaging in relaxation techniques, seeking social support, and practicing mindfulness. Additionally, therapy with me can be helpful for addressing persistent mood disorders or fluctuations that significantly impact daily life.


What are the different kinds of moods we can have?

Human moods are diverse and can vary widely in terms of their emotional quality and intensity. Here are some of the different kinds of moods that people commonly experience:


Positive Moods:

Happiness: A state of joy, contentment, and overall well-being.

Elation: An intense, often euphoric feeling of happiness.

Excitement: A heightened state of anticipation and enthusiasm.

Relaxation: A calm and peaceful state of mind and body.

Satisfaction: A sense of contentment and fulfilment.

Negative Moods:

Sadness: A feeling of sorrow or unhappiness.

Anger: A strong emotion characterized by frustration, irritation, or rage.

Anxiety: A state of uneasiness and worry about future events.

Fear: A strong, often irrational response to perceived threats.

Guilt: A sense of remorse or responsibility for a wrongdoing.


Neutral Moods:

Calm: A peaceful and unexcited state of mind.

Indifference: A lack of strong emotion or interest.

Apathy: A lack of motivation or enthusiasm.


Mixed or Complex Moods:

Ambivalence: Experiencing contradictory emotions at the same time.

Confusion: Feeling uncertain or disoriented about one's emotions or circumstances.

Melancholy: A blend of sadness and nostalgia.

Irritability: A state of heightened sensitivity and annoyance.


Situational Moods:

Stress: A mood associated with feeling overwhelmed by life's demands.

Relief: A mood experienced after a period of stress or tension has ended.

Euphoria: An intense, often transient feeling of extreme happiness, sometimes associated with certain experiences or substances.


Environmental Moods:

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): A mood disorder that occurs seasonally, often in response to reduced sunlight during the winter months.

Weather-Related Moods: Some people experience mood changes based on weather conditions, such as feeling more cheerful on sunny days and gloomier on rainy or cloudy days.

It's important to note that these moods can vary in intensity and duration. While some moods are a natural and healthy part of the human experience, others, when they become persistent or severe, may indicate underlying mental health issues that require professional attention and treatment.

If you want to hear more about how I can help you if you are in a "funny" mood, then please book your consultation call with me:

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