Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Robert Plutchik's Emotions Color H'wheel

So I found this emotions wheel by Robert Plutchik & I think it's pretty neat. The H'wheel is neat, but I do disagree with what he identified as the eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, and joy. This can't be the eight basic emotions. He claims all animals feel them which is even more ridiculous. The emotions as building block thing- I don't agree with that either. I honestly think we can only feel one emotion at a time, if it feels like a combination of two or more things, that unique condition should have its own name. Because I don't think you can feel two things separately at the same time, like knowing and recognizing them as two separate things. Or should I say, you always feel one dominant emotion at one time so much so that the lesser emotions are not consciously recognized, therefore should not count.

I don't get the mix outside of the wheel either, but it's just as I explained. It seems rather arbitrary and baseless. Like "fear+trust=submission?" or "joy+trust=love"? Get outta here.

As far as constructs go, there is of course limited logic. I'd rather turn this wheel inside out to better present the spectrum. Wait.


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