Free printable chart or list of feelings and emotions

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I compiled this chart or list of feelings and emotions many 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.

On this page, you’ll find:
  • Information about feelings and emotions
  • list with feelings and emotions
  • a free printable list for use with your studies, your clients or patients or for yourself

To start with:

  • 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.

Why this feelings chart (printable list of feelings PDF)?

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!

Related

As a (student) helper, you may also be interested in: Types of non-verbal communicationBody language signs and Interpreting body language.

List of human emotions and feelings (feeling or emotion chart)

Below you can see a snapshot of my chart of feelings.

Photo: Woman sitting on a stone by a lake, looking sad. Text: sadness
ANGRYNEGATIVEUNEASY
frustrated
cross
irritated
annoyed
furious
livid
enraged
hurt
inadequate
trapped
tired
scared
distrustful
(see: infidelity warning signs)
suspicious
scornful
disdain
bitter
stupid
shame
worthless
nervous
tense
anxious
flustered
insecure
angry
cross
confused
bored
flat
apathetic
weak
Photo: Young girl jumping for joy. Text: Joy
FRIGHTENEDHAPPYPOSITIVE
uneasy
weak
insecure
inadequate
tense
anxious
nervous
scared
petrified
threatened
trapped
horrified
pleased
glad
wonderful
elated
excited
content
surprised
proud
relieved
satisfied
confident
determined
forgiving
hopeful
motivated
inspired
daring
energetic
loving
eager
excited
receptive
happy
CONFUSED
hurt
upset
lonely
inadequate
cross
miserable
shocked
mixed-up
nervous
scared
discontented
foolish
surprised
uneasy
trapped

Where emotions are felt in the body

Emotions expressed by just sounds

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:

EMOTIONS EXPRESSED BY SOUNDS
amusement
elation
embarrassment
triumph
sadness
disgust
contempt
disappointment
anger
distress
pain
adoration
sympathy
ecstasy
desire
contentment
relief
confusion
interest
realisation
awe
surprise (positive)
surprise (negative)

What can you use this printable list of emotions and feelings for?

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
  • to develop your characters when you’re writing a novel

You can also enhance it with your own or your clients’ contributions.

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List of human emotions and feelings (feeling or emotion chart)

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Other interesting links

Laughter Online University – A-Z Guide to Feelings and Emotions

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