An emotion is mentally blind excitement in consciousness. It is always associated with some thoughts. Pure emotion is irrationality, a raw activation energy or arousal that motivates us to action.
An emotion is excitement in consciousness, inner arousal that provides energy as motivation for self-expression.
Emotions are pure excitability, but they usually intermingle with thoughts. The mix of emotion and thought where emotion preponderates is what we call a feeling. The main characteristics of emotions is their impulsivity and lack of mentality. If you act emotionally, you act based on impulse or whimsy.
Emotionality is the strongest motive for human behaviour.
Emotions are devoid of any rationality and are incapable to recognise nuances. Most people don't even think for themselves and don't use their intellect unless they are forced to do so under certain circumstances. That's because it takes effort to think, and if mentality is underdeveloped, then thinking is experienced as a strenuous and tedious process. On the other hand we love yielding to emotions, as they stimulate us to activity in the most direct way.
The fundamental bodily needs express themselves as urges in both animals and humans. The impulses of self-preservation are encoded in our bodies as ancient, animal heritage. They are part of human nature that responds to environmental impulses to maintain the integrity of the body.
Imagination is a mix of thought and emotion where thought preponderates. When during emotional development thought becomes more prevalent than emotion, feeling becomes imagination.
Ethics for emotion
The goal of emotional development is the ennoblement of feelings. It is about purifying our emotional life from primitive, selfish, negative emotional complexes that we obtained through habits in the course of our lives.