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We are all equipped with several basic and complex emotions, some of which prove difficult to control at times. I recall the birth of both my children and was overcome with so much emotion that I could not hold back tears of joy and happiness if I tried. On the contrary, I've also been so enraged that I could feel my heart beating out of my chest!. Learning to control your emotions is no small feat. According to , the brain is not fully developed until a person's early 20's or later. This may result in more difficulty for those in this age range to control emotions, but that does not mean it cannot be done. Recently I listened to an audiobook, "Into the Magic Shop" where a successful man who seemingly had it all explains how as an adolescence he was taught one summer by a kind woman how to control his emotions in an environment with a sense of no control. He grew up in a violent home with many feelings of anxiety, despair and hopelessness. Yet with practice, he was able to overcome his distressed emotions and create a life he desired.

Emotions are vast with primary and secondary emotions. Some of the many emotions are:

anger, fury, outrage, wrath, irritability, hostility, resentment and violence, sadness: grief, sorrow, gloom, melancholy, despair, loneliness, depression, fear, anxiety, apprehension, nervousness, dread, fright, panic, joy, enjoyment, happiness, relief, bliss, delight, pride, thrill, ecstasy, interest, acceptance, friendliness, trust, kindness, affection, love, devotion, surprise, shock, astonishment, amazement, astound, wonder, disgust, contempt, disdain, scorn, aversion, distaste, revulsion, shame, guilt, embarrassment, chagrin, remorse, regret, and contrition.