Thought vs Feeling
Thought and Feeling are two words that are often confused due to the appeared similarity in their meanings. Strictly speaking there is some difference between their meanings. The word ‘thought’ refers to a ‘mental process’ that occurs in the mind and it is continuous in nature. On the other hand the word ‘feeling’ refers to ‘sentiment’ that occurs in the heart of a person regarding something that is seen or read. This is the main difference between the two words thought and feeling.
The word ‘thought’ is used in the sense of a mental impression that comes and goes often as in the sentence ‘many thoughts occurred in my mind about her’. In this sentence the word ‘thoughts’ refers to the series of mental impressions that come and go about a person.
On the other hand the word ‘feeling’ refers to ‘the sentiment’ that occurs in one’s heart after seeing a picture, a scene, or reading a book and the like. Observe the two sentences
1. After reading the novel my heart was gripped by the feeling of pathos.
2. A feeling of surprise arose in my mind when I saw her.
In the first sentence the word ‘feeling’ indicates the sentiment of pathos that occurred in a person’s heart after reading a novel. In the second sentence the word ‘feeling’ refers to the sentiment of ‘wonder’ or ‘surprise’ that occurred in the mind of the person when he saw her. This is the main difference between thought and feeling.
It is interesting to note that the word ‘feeling’ is often followed by the prepositions ‘of’ and ‘about’. On the other hand the word ‘thought’ is often followed by the prepositions ‘of’ and ‘about’. These are the differences between the two words ‘thought’ and ‘feeling’.