The Emotion Definer Wheel
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

The Emotion Definer Wheel

Find the correct words for your emotions!

1857
The Emotion Definer Wheel
The Huffington Post

We often misuse words to express how we feel. For example, instead of saying frustrated, we say we feel angry. This small misuse of the word often leads to many misunderstandings amongst the individuals of whom it is said.

However, it's completely understandable that sometimes it's just hard to find the right word to explain how we feel, not forgetting the fact that sometimes it takes the time to even figure out how we are feeling in the first place. Here is a handy vocabulary wheel that will help you narrow down the word that best expresses your current emotional state.

We often get accustomed to using key phrases in our lives that generalize our emotions, sometimes overusing them in the most horrible way. This wheel diagram, made by Kaitlin Robbs, an English teacher, assists in finding the right word for what you are feeling.

First, find the basic emotion you are feeling and start to move outward until you have the best word for the emotion.


Although the Feelings Wheel is a fun vocabulary tool for English, it was originally developed as a therapy/counseling aid. This specific wheel was made to focus on finding the right words for your emotions.

The categories are made in a way to help you not only get to the detailed definition of your emotion but to also understand the general form of it as well. For example, if you have a general Sad feeling, you can go through the wheel and find that you might specifically be feeling ignored. The opposite can also happen. For example, you may not realize that feeling overwhelmed might be due to fear of the situation.

There are many variants that are made to help you identify the opposite of what you're feeling, so you can either identify a goal, a limitation, or maybe even a cause.

Here is an example of that variant, published by Dr. Gloria Wilcox in 2001.

Anytime you are writing in your journal or trying to explain how you or your character in a book is feeling, refer to this wheel for a better description of what you are feeling. You never know where small discoveries of just understanding yourself can lead you to.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Simple 7-Step DIY Face Mask Combines Safety — And Sustainability

Instead of studying like I intended on doing today, I made a face mask for some reason and thought I'd share how I did.

14606

If you were looking for a simple way to make a mask, I am happy to share how I personally make them. I have a pretty small face in general, so I prefer having my homemade ones so they fit better. This is also a great alternative to just throwing away any clothes! Before starting, you will need to make sure you have fabric, thread, a needle, and pins; if you have a sewing machine, you obviously could use that instead of hand sewing it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Ways To Handle The Stress Of Earning Your Degree From Your Childhood Bedroom

Oh so this was the room where I snuck cookies upstairs past my bedtime and stole R-Rated movies to watch when my parents were asleep and now I'm expected to earn my degree in this very same room?

7083
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It's definitely not easy, but it's something so many kids are struggling with right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

November is such an underrated month. With all the excitement that comes with Halloween ending and the holiday season around the corner, some people skip over it and go straight to their Christmas playlist. For me though, November is the perfect time to compile a playlist of songs that bring on major nostalgia which I think is perfect for this time of year. If you're looking for something to get you in that thankful spirit before you head into the Christmas spirit or something to play while you enjoy Friendsgiving, here are some go-to songs to add to your November playlist.

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift is famous for her Easter eggs on social media that hint at what is coming next for her. Over the past few days, fans noticed a change in Swift's hair when she was accepting her win as Apple's songwriter of the year that was reminiscent of the "Red" era. Of course, this has caused widespread speculation that Swift has begun to re-record her masters.

Keep Reading... Show less

While joyful, the holiday season can also be stressful for many and that's A-O.K. Plus, with the added tension that is 2020, this year's holiday season is a lot, to put it simply.

This is your reminder to put yourself first and listen to what you're yearning for. Deep down, you know what you need to thrive and I know that you can get there.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

25 'Open When' Topics And Ideas For That Special Someone In Your Life

Open When Letters are letters you can give to your special someone.

1910
Lauren McCally

Stuck on what to get the person you love the most?

And, well, let's be honest, is hard to shop for? Well then, why not send them some Open When Letters?

Keep Reading... Show less

My obsession with country music is easily one of my best personality traits.

I've grown up on country music, and it's always been a huge part of my life. I remember the day that my mom bought me my first country CD. Since that day, I've been hooked. I still watch the Country Music Awards faithfully each year. My fun fact for syllabus week is almost always related to my love of country music.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Meet My Cat, Neville, Who Lives In Pennsylvania

Neville is just under two years old and is the snuggliest kitten you will ever met.

967

Neville is a Balinese cat I've had since he was 14 weeks old. He loves being carried around and spoiled. But most importantly, he loves nose boops.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments