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Hi my dear Teachers across the world:

In this blog I will tell you in the school how it is important to know the Emotions and it corresponding Instincts of the children.

As you know I was Principal in a school.  So one day in a class I did see one boy was not paying attention.
I asked him, “My dear child what is wrong with you.  Why you are not paying attention to the class”.
He answered me rudely, “I am not well”.
I called the boy tenderly and asked him “What you had for breakfast”
He answered, “Nothing”
I asked him, “Are you hungry”.
He said , “Yes”
I got some cakes and fruits for him through my peon.  He had those and quietly went to the class.

When Hunger is the emotion then food seeking would be the corresponding instinct.  As I knew the psychology I handled the situation.
So there are fourteen emotions and fourteen corresponding emotions, which are listed below

How emotion is related to instinct? State various characteristics of childhood and adolescent emotions.  Discuss the educational implications of instinct and emotion.



*)  Introduction

*)  Relation of emotion and instinct.

*)  Characteristics of childhood, adolescent and emotions.

*)  Educational implication of instinct and emotion.

*)  Conclusion


Instinct is derived from Latin word ‘Instinctus’ meaning to ‘investigate’ or to ‘motivate’.  Thus instinct means innate and internal stimulus present in every individual to react to different situations.


According to Woodworth ‘Instinct’ is an unlearned motive.


Emotion is derived from Latin word ‘Emovere’, which means to agitate or to excite.


Relationship:  Instinct is the cause and emotion is the effect.  It can be defined better by the three different parts of instinct and emotion given by Freud.


~)  Ego instinct

~)  Sex instinct

~)  Death instinct


Thorn has distinguished instinct and emotion as:

  1. Individual instinct
  2. Social instinct


Associated emotions









Self Assertion

Positive self-feeling








Negative self-feeling

Social instinct





Feeling of ownership



Food seeking




According to Hurlock, emotion can be characterized by the three stages of development of an individual that are

Childhood, Adolescent and Adulthood.


     Childhood emotions:

  1. a) Emotion in child is very frequent but remains for shorter duration.
  2. b) Emotion is intimate. It occurs in child from one situation to another.
  3. c) Emotion is different from different situation in a child.
  4. d) A child behaves differently in different emotional situation.
  5. e) Sudden outburst of emotion is common
  6. f) Some features of emotion in child are nail biting, eye blinking, thumb sucking, tension etc.
  7. g) Children are innocent in nature they cannot hide their emotion.


      Adolescent emotions:

  1. a) Emotion is very changing ie. ups and down of emotional activity can be seen in them.
  2. b) Quick emotional action is frequent in adolescents.
  3. c) Sudden outbursts of fear, anger, love is seen in them.
  4. d) Fellow-feeling is observed.
  5. e) Emotional behavior of adolescents differ among themselves.
  6. f) Democratic values and social norms are observed in their activities.


Educational implication:

Instinct:  It has some educational implication and the teacher should know it.

  1.  Escape: The students want to escape from punishment but they should be properly guided.
  2.  Creativeness: The student has creative mind which should be utilized by the teacher.
  3.  Construction/Acquisition: The students want to acquire good values, norms of society, so it should be taught
  4.  Sex instinct: Proper sex education should be given to them so that they are not lead to any unsocial path.
  5.  Social instinct: Social feeling should be taught to them to live in the society.
  6.  Curiosity: Curiosity should be created to the students so that they learn better.


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