Anger, hatred, envy, lust, craving, jealousy, feeling superior, prejudice, cruelty, depression, self-hatred, guilt, low self-esteem, arrogance and fear. They are the result of ignorance about how to interpret feelings. These emotions tend to accumulate and magnify if not tackle properly. In other situations the emotion may be concealed by a remote event and known to the subconscious only. The emotion may only be trigger by an event similar to the one that trapped it in the past. Hence, these negative emotions may hide in the subconscious without any awareness by the individual. These stealth attribute of negative emotions makes them difficult to identify and release. Feelings are normal responses of the mind and body for self-preservation. Feelings are transitory and impermanent. On the other hand, an emotion could be seen as a feeling that has been store in memory for self-preservation. How you interpret the emotion is essential in the development of a deleterious effect on the individual. Feelings and emotions are warning signs about a possible event that should be treated with caution. Here is when ignorance plays a major role in the development of negative emotions. If you just feel and react to the emotion then it will definitely induce harm. For example, physical pain is a warning that a particular part of the body is malfunctioning. What you do with that information is essential to the outcome of the illness. How you respond to warning signs depend on your culture, knowledge of your body, and familial patterns of response to an illness. Denial is a common problem with men for evolutionary reasons. A sign of weakness resulted in the loss of status, isolation or death depending on the surrounding circumstances. Furthermore, throughout most of human history we did not had effective therapies for illnesses. Hence, denial was an essential defense mechanism to deal with an illness. By the same token, emotions were a normal defense mechanism in primitive societies where survival was at stake every second of your life. The creation of civilization with a greater emphasis on the collective and larger groups of humans challenge the role of emotions. Evaluation of emotions are one of the essential problems of civilizations. Early on we tackle emotions by the development of legal and religious codes. These were incorporated into the culture which reinforce the compliance of the laws. However, the strategy was simplistic but practical. They did not dwell on the biological basis for emotions or what they represented. Civilizations were interested in modification of behavior by strict and orthodox laws. The Budhist were the first to analyze emotions in a scientific and comprehensive fashion based on the available historical records. They attempted to modify behavior by understanding the triggers and applied antidotes to each emotion. It was not until the 19th century that a contemporary scientific approach was implemented with the development of Psychiatry and Psychology. However, we have fail to educate the general population how to handle emotions and their negative influence in daily life. We are still stuck with the original approach implemented by early civilizations. Behavior modification by law, religion and culture. It is time to bring emotions to the 21st century.