Feeling partakes of mental activities that control the human entity as a whole i.e. physical and psychic. Through feeling other mental functions get impulse to be activated to serve the human body and mind; thus resulting in reaction, perception, pain, sensitivity, excitement, sense, pleasure, awareness, belief, sentiment, apprehension, thought, suspicion, instinct, opinion, notion, view, emotion, impression.

So, before realizing the essence of feeling, let’s clarify the ideas regarding those mental functions as per the definitions given in different authentic sources like dictionaries, thesaurus, encyclopedia, etc. So, without feeling no mental and physical functions can be communicated with the controlling centre ‘Brain’ from where every command must be triggered to activate the functions.



A reaction is an action taken in response to something. If you’re telling your parents that you want to move out, you’ll see by their reaction that they’re sad about it.

reaction is often a physical in nature. A chemical reaction describes the way a chemical behaves when combined with another substance. The way your body responds to a medication or external influence is a physical reaction. Think of the way cold air causes you to get goose bumps on your arms. It can also describe something more emotional, for instance a person’s reaction of laughter when told a funny story. (Source:Vocabulary.com Dictionary)

Modeled on French réaction,older Italian reattione,from Medieval Latin reactionem



Someone’s ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people (Cambridge dictionary )

late Middle English: from Latin perceptio(n- ), from the verb percipere ‘seize, understand’



 A basic bodily sensation that is induced by a noxious stimulus, is received by naked nerve endings, is associated with actual or potential tissue damage, is characterized by physical discomfort (such as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leads to evasive action.(Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Middle English (in the sense ‘suffering inflicted as punishment for an offence’): from Old French peine, from Latin poena ‘penalty’, later ‘pain’.



An ability to understand what other people need, and be helpful and kind to them (Cambridge dictionary)

late Middle English (in the sense ‘sensory’): from Old French sensitif-ive or medieval Latin sensitivus, formed irregularly from Latin sentire ‘feel’. The current senses date from the early 19th century.


feeling of being excited, or an exciting event(Cambridge dictionary)

1375–1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum.


An ability to understandrecognizevalue, or react to something, especially any of the five physical abilities to seehearsmelltaste, and feel(Cambridge dictionary)

late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘meaning’): from Latin sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.



feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction, or something that produces this feeling.

late Middle English: from Old French plaisir ‘to please’ (used as a noun). The second syllable was altered under the influence of abstract nouns ending in -ure, such as measure .



knowledge that something exists or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience

late Old English gewær “watchful, vigilant,” from Proto-Germanic *ga-waraz (source also of Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr), from *ga-, intensive prefix, + *waraz “wary, cautious,” from PIE root *wer- (3) “perceive, watch out for.”



The feeling of being certain that something exists or is true

Middle English: alteration of Old English gelēafa ; compare with believe.

(to be continued)