I agree with Mr. Ashworth. Your bullet points
indicate separate fields, or disciplines,
I'm often amazed at how bereft
Americans' vocabularies are when it comes to
emotional and inner states. Yes, we can
generally list a half-dozen or so emotions,
such as anger, jealousy, rage, love,
and a few others, but what about the more
-nuanced emotions such as resentment, envy
(which is NOT the same as jealousy!),
disdain or superciliousness, lust, depression,
anxiety, feeling conflicted, cognitive dissonance
--well, I'm sure you get my point. We're not
that adept at pinpointing and explaining these
complex feeling states.
Researching only the theory
of cognitive dissonance will immerse you into
a vast number of studies, monographs and books.
Leon Festinger is to blame as being one of the
first--if not THE first--theoretician to address
this fascinating subject.
The study of communication is rife with
concepts and theories related to emotions.
It just depends on what aspect of
communication you happen to be studying.
To give just one example, if you are interested
in the affective component of communication, you
almost have to study nonverbal communication,
the affective component of which contains 90
percent of emotions' meaning.
Think of the myriad of feeling states that
are communicated with gestures, facial
expressions, and pitch/volume/speed/
more. It boggles the mind!
The same notion pertains to the study of
personal relationships, as well as
temporal and causal relationships. Pick
an aspect and research it in texts that
contain glossaries (as was suggested by
One final thought about hierarchy. Try
googling the following words: Kenneth
Burke, definition of man, hierarchy.
Burke was fascinated by the concept of
hierarchy, and his definition of man
includes the phrase "goaded by a spirit of
I hope you find this helpful.