What is the distinction between emotion and attitude?


I think an attitude is a feeling ... it is a kind of emotion.  Like most feelings it usually has an object ... i have an attitude toward this person ... or a specific attitude toward that place .. or this time of month.  Unlike some emotions an attitude is frequently paired with activity directed toward's its object ... e.g. if i have a hostile attitude toward you, i might punch you in the nose ... if i have a obsequious attitude toward you i might kiss your ass.   so, it seems to me, that and attitude is not just a single person's emotion ... but rather an emotional transaction between people or situations. 

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  2. attitude
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