List of emotions

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This is a list of emotions (feelings). Emotions are very important in life.

Robert Plutchik's theory[change | change source]

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Robert Plutchik's theory says that the eight basic emotions are:

  • Fear → feeling afraid.
  • Anger → feeling angry. A stronger word for anger is rage.
  • Sadness → feeling sad. Other words are sorrow, grief (a stronger feeling, for example when someone has died) or depression (feeling sad for a long time). Some people think depression is a different emotion.
  • Joy → feeling happy. Other words are happiness, gladness.
  • Disgust → feeling something is wrong or nasty
  • Trust → a positive emotion; admiration is stronger; acceptance is weaker
  • Anticipation → in the sense of looking forward positively to something which is going to happen. Expectation is more neutral.
  • Surprise → how one feels when something unexpected happens

Book Two of Aristotle's "Rhetoric"[change | change source]

This theory says that the emotions are:

  • Anger, opposite calmness (not feeling excited).
  • Friendship, is where people have a bond of joy and will come together and have fun
  • Fear, opposite courage (having no fear)
  • Shame, opposite confidence (shame: how one feels about one's past bad actions or thoughts; shamelessness: one does not feel shame, but others think one should.)
  • Kindness (benevolence), opposite cruelty (kindness: when people are good to other people)
  • Pity (when people feel sorry for other people)
  • Indignation (feeling angry because something is not fair, such as undeserved bad fortune)
  • Envy, jealous (pain when people have something that one wishes for oneself)
  • Love, a strong emotion of attachment one feels for someone else. Ranges to family, pets, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband or fictional characters.

The engineered language Lojban[change | change source]

This constructed language has words showing these emotions:

  • Simple emotions

Other websites[change | change source]