I compiled this chart or list of feelings and emotions some years ago for use in my counselling sessions.
I was aware that so many people struggled to articulate their feelings. Sadly, many had learnt to shut them off for all sorts of reasons.
I noticed then how it helped them reconnect with their innate resources and guide them towards identifying and naming specific feelings.
The APA Dictionary of Psychology, states that "feelings differ from emotions in being purely mental, whereas emotions are designed to engage with the world".
We are born with emotions, they are an innate resource - one of the Human Givens.
This list of human emotions is a useful tool in relation to the suggested counselling practice that people should express their feelings to help them get better. As helpers, we can guide clients or patients to listen out for, identify and sit with whatever they're feeling - without judgement.
This is not always helpful though.
There are also people who've got completely lost in their feelings. This can limit their ability to see their struggles in a wider context. It can also hamper their ability to solve problems where possible. It hinders their acceptance of things they can't change and prevents them from seeking ways to make that more manageable for themselves.
The more emotional we are as human beings the more black and white our thinking becomes!
Below you can see a snapshot of my chart of feelings.
According to UC Berkeley research, we're able to express how we're feeling by merely spontaneous sounds.
Were able to communicate the following 24 emotions:
You get: 11 pages with feelings charts listing emotions and feelings with more than double the entries in the table above.
Use this list of emotions and feelings...
... for your studies (future therapists, nurses, doctors, counsellors, social workers etc.)
... to help increase your clients' emotional intelligence
... as a hand-out for your students
... for use in therapy (to increase focus, understanding, clarity and get unstuck)
... for use in a therapeutic group
... as a coaching tool
... for personal use - to get an insight into your feelings and emotions for a better understanding of yourself
... in any clinical setting as a diagnostic tool
You can also enhance it with your own or your clients' contributions