6.2. What Types of Emotions Exist?

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There is no one single chart in which all emotions are listed, neither agreement in the academic field about which ones are worth including in all these classifications.

Depending on the author you base your study you will find many different classifications and lists of emotions. (Raypole, 2019)

However, Paul Ekman, an American psychologist and leading researcher on the topic of emotions developed the so called Atlas of Emotions, which is a series of maps that allows us to see features of our emotions that may not be apparent to us.

Accordingly, emotions can be divided into five main categories which are:

(Raypole, 2019)
At the same time, these categories involve a bigger range of emotions; have a look at the different words that can be used to describe the aforementioned emotions below:

annoyance, frustration, irritation, madness, vengefulness

worry, doubtfulness, anxiety, terror, panic, desperation, stress, etc.

loneliness, disappointment, hopelessness, unhappiness, resignation, misery, etc.

dislike, revulsion, loathing, disapprovement, withdrawal, aversion, etc.

happiness, love, relief, contentment, amusement, joy, pride, excitement, etc.

(Raypole, 2019)
It is relevant to identify these different types of emotions, because emotions are an important part of your life. In fact, emotions not only have an influence in yourself, but also in others, likewise you are influenced by other’s emotions.

Therefore, the more you know about your emotions the easier it will be to control them when facing the cared person’s emotions. You will be capable of acting more rationally and figuring out the best outcome. By understanding emotions, you will be able to use them smartly, because emotions also affect the health and well-being of people around you, such as the person you are taking care from. By being emotionally intelligent, you will be able to convey positive things, emotions, and thought to your cared ones.
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