Nobody likes to feel bad, that’s why many people, even if they feel bad, pretend on social networks and in front of others that they are happy and positive all the time, even if it is not true. It seems that negative emotions are a sign of weakness that force us to internalize how we feel and this can create bigger problems.

However, we are all human beings and we cannot avoid experiencing these negative feelings from time to time, because it is also healthy to have them. It is possible that these feelings make you feel bad and hate everyone, they are beneficial because they tell you how you are and that you must change to be better. There are many psychologists and scientists who have studied negative emotions for a long time, especially with sadness, pessimism, guilt, anxiety, anger and jealousy.

If you tend to have some of these negative feelings, now is the time to start looking at them from another perspective.


Sadness makes you pay attention to the detail of what happens to you. This sadness does not mean clinical depression far from it. When you are sad, people pay more attention to external details and this helps them process information better. Good moods indicate that the situation is safe, familiar, and that existing responses are appropriate. Negative mood, in turn, indicates that the situation is new, challenging, and that greater attention to new information is required to produce an effective response.

Being attentive to details means that you are more in tune with yourself and your surroundings. With these detailed benefits of sadness, you will have an improved memory, you will be able to think more clearly about your surroundings and you will be attentive to making changes in your life. In addition, these benefits of sadness will also help you analyze your feelings and be aware of your emotions to make an effort to be better.


Pessimism prepares you for anything. There are studies that compare optimists with pessimists and while most people might think that optimists will outperform pessimists because of their confidence and high expectations, pessimists actually have the same skills as optimists. . They know how to work the positive power of their negative thinking.

The negative thinking of pessimists transforms anxiety into action. They imagine the worst scenario and prepare for anything, this makes them try harder and concentrate to prepare for any task. We need pessimism to prepare if things get worse, because sometimes, it happens.

The blame

The feeling of guilt improve your morality. Guilt is an annoying feeling that appears when something is done wrong. It appears when you have a good social sensitivity and the need to be a good person. People who are more likely to feel guilty are those with the lowest crime or drug use rate.

Experiencing guilt is the brain’s way of punishing you when you do something wrong. You may feel terrible in the moment, but if you’ve ever felt guilty for doing something wrong, it means your morale is under control.

The anxiety

Well-channeled anxiety can help you solve problems. The natural response to anxiety or stress is fight or flight, because you feel like you have to fight or run from something that causes you danger. The fight or flight response is automatic because in this way your body metaphorizes an amount of energy to be able to implement the changes in your nervous system, such as your heart pumping blood faster, feeding the muscles to have more oxygen and being able to run better and be able to act quickly in situations that are considered dangerous to your safety.

The anxiety can be a positive thought, whenever you help find solutions to problems instead of staying locked. For example, to escape from a fire in a burning building, the stress and anxiety experienced can be positive. When you feel anxiety, your body does whatever it takes to get out of that situation that overwhelms you.

The will

Anger motivates you to fix the conflict in front of you. There are many correlations between anger and violence. Anger seems to be followed by violence or assault. In a 2002 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and a 1997 study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, participants reported that positive results stemmed from anger. Anger helped solve problems in relationships and fostered a greater understanding between the target of the conflict and the person who had the conflict. Whenever there is reflection between anger and aggression.

While assertive expression is always preferable to expression of anger, anger can serve an important alerting function that leads to a deeper understanding of the other person and the problem. The American Psychological Association comments that anger must “fill a constructive framework” to be successful, and it is important to deal with anger before it causes problems. It is important to identify when anger begins to be able to work on it.

Unexpressed anger or anger that is not used constructively can turn into frustrations, while internalized anger can cause depression , health problems, and communication difficulties. In this sense, it is important to feel anger, recognize it, know why it happens, assertively express it and then look for the appropriate solutions.

The envy

There are two types of envy . On the one hand, the malicious one, which is driven by the need to even things out and may involve destroying someone to be better. On the other hand there is the benign, also called “healthy envy”, which has an admiration and an inspiring aspect, where you think that if someone else can do it, you can too. This last type of envy is obviously the most beneficial type.

Now you know how some negative feelings can really be beneficial to you. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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