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Atlas of Emotions by Paul Ekman and Eve Ekman

Atlas of Emotions by Paul Ekman and Eve Ekman

Atlas of Emotions is a project led by Dr Paul Ekman and Dr Eve Ekman, supported by The Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama imagined “a map of our emotions to develop a calm mind.” He asked his longtime friend and renowned emotion scientist Dr. Paul Ekman to realize his idea. Ekman took on the creation of the Atlas alongside his daughter, Eve Ekman, a second-generation emotion researcher and trainer.

The Atlas represents what researchers have learned from the psychological study of emotion. The Ekmans consulted 248 scientists in 2014 and the two main results were that there was  “compelling evidence for universals in any aspect of emotion” as this was endorsed by 88% of the respondents. The evidence supporting universal signals (face or voice) was endorsed by 80%.  There was “high agreement about five emotions (all of which were described by both Darwin and Wundt): anger (91%), fear (90%), disgust (86%), sadness (80%), and happiness (76%). Shame, surprise, and embarrassment were endorsed by 40%–50%. Other emotions, currently under study by various investigators drew substantially less support: guilt (37%), contempt (34%), love (32%), awe (31%), pain (28%), envy (28%), compassion (20%), pride (9%), and gratitude (6%). Finally, there was high agreement about whether “specific moods may be related to specific emotions(s) such as anger to irritability” (88%), whether “specific personality traits are related in some way to specific emotions, such as fear to shyness” (82%), and whether specific emotional disorders are related in some way to specific emotions, such as disgust to anorexia (75%).”

The full APS research report is available here: What-Scientists-Who-Study-Emotion-Agree-About

The web-based Atlas of Emotions tool outlines how our emotions unfold on a timeline – often happening to us within half a second. The timeline begins with a trigger that initiates an emotional experience and ultimately results in a response. “the simple, but not easy,

The web-based tool outlines how our emotions unfold on a timeline – often happening to us within half a second. The timeline begins with a trigger that initiates an emotional experience and ultimately results in a response. “the simple, but not easy, goal of this Atlas is to help us be aware of our emotions. Awareness of our emotions means understanding how they are triggered, what they feel like and how we respond. Awareness itself is a strategy, it helps us understand our emotion experiences. We do not want to get rid of our emotions, we want strategies that help us respond in helpful, constructive ways.”

It is an interactive tool that builds your emotional language and can help develop a deeper understanding of how emotions work in self and others. This serves as a great platform for developing emotional intelligence. It is best described by the Ekmans themselves in this presentation at UCTV… https://youtu.be/AaDzUFL9CLE

 

The full Atlas of Emotions tool is available free here: http://atlasofemotions.org/

Online tools and Workshops that support this work can be found at the Paul Ekman International website and the Paul Ekman Group website.

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