Differences between feelings, emotions and desires in terms of interactive quality


  • Lawrence James Cookson School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Vic. 3800, Australia




Interaction, desire, emotion, feeling, parsimony, wildness, surprise


The importance of interactive quality has become central to understanding the meaning of wildness, the natural state. This article examines the differences between feelings, emotions and desires according to their roles during interaction. Emotions and desires are placed on the engaging side of the interactive loop, while feelings register the feedback gained from interaction. Feelings are further divided into somatic and neocortical feelings, where somatic feelings such pain and hunger register how the body is being affected, while neocortical feelings are based upon the pleasure or displeasure for how a constructed sense of fairness and personal context was affected. Desires are thought to arise directly from bodily organs and from a theorised neocortical ‘interaction desire’ that seeks parsimony within the organisation of its developing pathways. The production of emotions is influenced by the level of wildness or ease of interaction being experienced within a given environment, so that they become more prevalent, varied and extreme during conditions of difficulty and conflict.

Author Biography

Lawrence James Cookson, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Vic. 3800, Australia

Laurie Cookson obtained his BSc (Hons) in Zoology from La Trobe University, and his PhD from Monash University. He became research leader of a biology/chemistry forest products research group during 31 years at CSIRO until ‘semi-retirement’. In 2010 he began an adjunct research position with Monash University so that he could continue various interests in invertebrate taxonomy and behaviour, forestry and forest products, ecopsychology, motivation, evolution and the interpretation of wildness. He has written more than 150 journal articles and conference papers.


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Cookson, L. J. (2015). Differences between feelings, emotions and desires in terms of interactive quality. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 2(7). https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.27.1318