Emotion Wheel App
What is The Emotion Wheel App?
So what is the emotion wheel, anyway? Also known as a feelings wheel, the Emotion Wheel is a tool utilized to help grow your emotional understanding. In this emotion wheel app, you start with the most basic emotion you are feeling (e.g. sad, happy, angry, etc.) and progressively work outwards to find the most specific emotion you are feeling.
This is based on the theory that our emotions can be classified by strength and type, an idea put forth most famously by psychologist Robert Plutchik.
This idea has been around for decades and has many variations. The version used in this particular emotion wheel app is based on a common version used by counselors at universities and high schools due to its flexibility, ease of use, and comprehensive overview of dozens of emotions.
Why Use The Emotion Wheel App?
Accurately naming our emotions is the first step in being able to cope with them. Using the emotion wheel app is a good way to be able to better learn, identify, and articulate our emotions. Once we do this, we may learn better what we really mean when we say we feel “bad.” Perhaps one day “bad” can mean stressed, and on another day, bad could mean “lonely.”
More importantly, we can then use the specific emotion to pinpoint some event in our lives or thought in our head that is causing us to feel that specific way.
Additionally, learning to correctly identify your proper emotions allows you to better identify the triggers of them. This is a technique most frequently associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a technique that most therapists, psychologists, and even MARCo – the Mental-Health Assisting Robot Companion employ!
How Do I Use This Emotion Wheel App?
Start with the basics – Look at the inner most ring of the emotion wheel app below. Read them over a few times and see which ones jump out to you the most. It is fully possible you can be feeling a combination of them, but when it comes to managing our emotions, it is best to do that one at a time. Decide which emotion you think you are feeling the most, and then tap on that one. If you need to go back, such as if you feel that you truly picked the wrong one or if you just misclicked, tap the white space in the center of the ring.
Wade into the specifics – Look at the NEW innermost ring of the feelings wheel. You will see a group of emotions that expands upon the first one you selected. Pick the one that best suits what you think you are feeling or tap in the center to go back to the start.
Find the elusive emotion – Now you are left with two options. Decide which one you think is more fitting. There are no right or wrong answers! This is a self learning journey. It’s perfectly okay to be torn between the two emotions, too! There are plenty of times where your emotions can get mixed. This emotion wheel app is not meant to be a comprehensive answer to all your feelings – it is a tool to help you better understand yourself.
Once you have finished going through the steps and found what emotion you really are feeling, make a note of it to yourself, and document the journey from your most basic emotion to most specific. Also write down any events or thoughts that go with this emotion. This can be especially helpful if you are working with a counselor, as the fundamentals of many therapeutic interventions, such as CBT, rely on the correlation of your specific emotion to your thoughts.
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