What are the Primary Emotions?
For many years, psychologists studied emotions and disagreed on how to categorize them. The hundreds of human emotions overlap and do not easily group together. Rather than tackling all the complexity of a complete model of emotions, we can obtain value from a simple, common-sense approach. We will use a basic model of eight primary emotions: • Anger • Joy • Fear • Love • Sadness • Surprise • Shame • Disgust The first letter for each emotion can be remembered by the following saying, “A Jolly Farmer Loves Singing Some Silly Ditties.” Anger, Joy, Fear, Love, Sadness, Surprise, Shame and Disgust. Thinking about emotions in theory bores most of us. Recalling some of our own powerful emotions, on the other hand, can be fascinating. Take the opportunity, now, to recall some of your most vivid emotions, struggle to recall the power of past emotions. As I think about my various emotions, I remembered a funny incident which included almost every emotion. Alexey suggested we go on a Saturday af