An introduction to our emotions

An introduction to our emotions

An introduction to our emotions 3408 2381 Manolis Stratakis

Basic Emotions

In this article we make an attempt to understand the basics of our emotions, the very essence of our psyche.

The following eight emotions are considered the basic ones, from which all others are produced:

  • Joy
  • Trust
  • Fear
  • Surprise
  • Sadness
  • Disgust
  • Anger
  • Anticipation

As specific basic emotions mix together, new secondary and tertiary emotions emerge!

ΑΒΑ+Β
JoyTrustLove
TrustFearSubmission
FearSurpriseAwe
SurpriseSadnessDisappointment
SadnessDisgustRemorse
DisgustAngerContempt
AngerAnticipationAggressiveness
AnticipationJoyOptimism

 

The Wheel of Emotions

Robert Plutchik with his excellent work on emotions, has produced this great depiction, showing the interrelationships among them:

Spend some time to study this diagram and try to understand how they interact and interrelate. This will increase dramatically your emotional vocabulary and give you lots of self-awareness!

See also our article on: Learn about how.. you learn!

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