Emotion Wheel: What It Is and How to Use It | Fairygodboss

The emotion wheel or wheel of emotions (sometimes misnomered the emotional wheel), created by Robert Plutchik, offers a visual representation of primary emotions, displaying the varying degrees and complexities of different feelings. As a tool, it can help people grapple with, put a name to, and come to terms with their emotions in many different contexts, including simply developing greater self-awareness

Created by the late psychologist Robert Plutchik, the emotion wheel describes eight basic emotions: anger, anticipation, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, surprise and trust. The wheel is arranged in a circular shape with each section containing three different degrees of each emotion, with the central emotion in the middle.

For example, for the emotion “anger,” the lesser degree is annoyance, represented on the outer edge of the slice, and the greater degree is rage, situated by the center of the emotion wheel. (In Plutchik’s depiction, the sections are arranged in a flower shape with each “petal” representing one emotion.)

Emotion Wheel: What It Is and How to Use It | Fairygodboss