Have you ever stopped to give some thought about what emotions are? If you were asked to name an emotion that is something you probably could do. But where does this emotion come from? What is its purpose? Are there negative and positive emotions?
A resource that I have found useful is the Atlas of Emotion website (www.atlasofemotion.org).
“The Dalai Lama imagined a map of our emotions to develop a calm mind. He asked his longtime friend and renowned emotion scientist Dr. Paul Ekman to realize his idea. Ekman took on the creation of the Atlas alongside his daughter, Eve Ekman, a second-generation emotion researcher and trainer. The Atlas represents what researchers have learned from the psychological study of emotion.”
According to Dr. Ekman’s theory there are 5 universal emotions that everyone on this earth has regardless of their background and upbringing: Enjoyment, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger.
There are many other theories about emotions. I particularly like the ones that show the range of emotions in each category as this can give you an understanding or way point of sorts on what you are experiencing.
Plutchik’s wheel of emotions is another way to represent emotions.
“Psychologist Robert Plutchik created the Plutchik Model shown above. It shows there are 8 basic emotions: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, anticipation, anger, and disgust. Plutchik’s wheel of emotions organizes these 8 basic emotions based on the physiological purpose of each. The model is actually the little “ice cream cone” which unfolds to the emotions wheel.”
You can look at this interactive model here:
This is just a beginning into the world of emotions. These two references can shed a lot of light as you explore their interactive models.
One more interactive wheel I would like to share today brings in a passion of mine, essential oils. Essential oils have a way of impacting our emotions. That will be the topic of another blog post. This wheel created by Rebecca Hintze can help us while we are in different emotional states using essential oils and affirmations. It can also be used to see where we may be “storing” emotions physically in our bodies.
“Essential oils are pattern interrupters. As we inhale them, their all-natural aromatic compounds literally interact with our olfactory nerve and contribute to breaking up our routine pathways of thought. If we position positive thinking with using an essential oil, we can support our mind in reversing the neurochemistry of negative thoughts (which affect our health in negative ways), and inspire a positive thought that can help rewire our brain in positive ways. The Emotions Mentor® Wheel is a simple tool that you can use on your own to identify an emotion, reorganize your thinking and include an essential oil in the process to help the healing process speed up”
I do not believe that we can ever explain everything about emotions. In a way I like that some part of the origins of emotions remain a mystery. Just as there are many mysteries found in nature that we could never recreate. I believe that emotions are a part of the richness of living a joyful life.