There is all kind of research on emotions. Most of which feels frustratingly incomplete and lacks a shared consistent core infrastructure.
Maybe the most universal structure is that there are primary emotions and secondary emotions. In some explanations, there are tertiary emotions too.
Here are a couple of people that have attempted to capture a comprehensive view of emotion:
Back in the 4th Century, Aristotle identified 14 primary emotions: fear, confidence, anger, friendship, calm, enmity, shame, shamelessness, pity, kindness, envy, indignation, emulation, and contempt.
A contemporary named, Robert Plutchik, is known for his wheel of emotions. He seems to be the most visible in current emotion research. He proposed eight basic emotions: joy, sadness, trust, disgust, fear, anger, surprise, and anticipation.
The 8 basic emotions image comes from the 6seconds.org website. They are a company committed to the development of Emotional Intelligence. (Looks like a resource that I would enjoy spending more time with. They offer training as a Master Emotional Intelligence Facilitator.)
He then expands upon the basic 8 by using a color wheel style 3D model. I appreciate his attempt to represent the depth and complexity of emotions with his colorful 3D model.
Here is another model containing an expanded view of emotions. I like how this one captures emotional equations.
Lastly there is even an even simpler model with the core four:
Below is the first draft of my model. My image involves bands of emotions, and within each band a place on the continuum.
Through dialogue, observations and a 360* feedback opportunity, a person’s emotional climate could be reflected. Some people’s emotional climate is considerably different from another person’s. This is where I ask, “Why?” Since an individual’s emotions are so intimately connected to their personal hierarchy of power, this an awareness worth developing.
These are some of the roles that emotions can play in one’s personal emotional climate (PEC)?
So what are the ingredients that go into the development of our PEC foundation?