Updated: May 1, 2019
By definition emotions are, "a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood or relationships with others" (Reference Info).
Emotions are indicators and reminders to us of a greater underlying experience.
Emotions can help us and guide us along the journey as it can be a buffer and catalyst to change and growth that is necessary to embark on the possibilities.
Are emotions real? Yes.
If I am upset, there is no use in saying or talking myself out of my current state of emotion, anger.
This is the first key component to emotional intelligence which is self-aware