The Five Dark Emotions

· January 3, 2016

We often talk about the numerous tools for achieving emotional wellbeing and personal development; however, sometimes it’s good to talk a little about those less positive parts that can hinder our own personal growth.

Today we are going to look at five emotional sins with the help of some great videos from Norberto Levy. He’s a psychotherapist from Argentina who is very well known in the field of emotional intelligence.

These videos explain each one of our basic emotions (or those that usually trigger major suffering throughout our lives) in a brief and entertaining way. The majority of this suffering is caused from a lack of focus on emotions in our society, as well as a lack of understanding the real reason our emotions appear in our minds, their significance and, overall, not knowing how to properly handle and use them each day.

Simply not understanding the function of our emotions is not a “sin” in and of itself, but it can become a hindrance. It can make it more difficult for us to adapt to and ease the suffering in our lives which is completely unnecessary.


This article takes a look at those “darker emotions” from a healthier and more realistic point of view. It will help you to become more aware of these emotions instead of feeling guilty, afraid, or angry for having them in the first place.

The five “dark” emotions are:

I hope that these brilliant videos encourage you to continue your own personal emotional journey in a more enthusiastic way and that you can use them as basic tools to investigate and develop your emotional intelligence. 
In order to create a more exciting and complete journey, I’d like to introduce you to some of the best quotes concerning emotional intelligence:
  • We learned about math, geography, history, etc. in school, but we never learned how to express our feelings.
  • When we take the time to get to know ourselves, we are giving our children the opportunity to feel free and have the ability to experience their own emotional world without fear or restriction.
  • Learning goes like this: all of a sudden, you understand something that you knew about your whole life, but in a different way.
  • Freedom isn’t found by searching for it without understanding what traps the mind. When these prison walls come tumbling down, freedom comes naturally, without the need to go looking for it.
  • Every guilty feeling is a waste of time.
  • Don’t be afraid of your emotions; what you are really afraid of is the suffering that they may cause. Without realizing it, you try to escape from them.
  • I get angry, too. But I don’t get angry at my anger.
  • It’s not the burden that destroys you, it’s the way you carry it.
  • We compulsively control our darker emotions when we aren’t able to put up with them…Too much control of this type ends up producing the opposite effect: emotional explosion…I call this ‘the emotional boomerang effect’.