13 January 2010

Five Emotions You Never Knew You Had*

Calvin & Hobbes | Bill Watterson
Can you name the six basic emotions? Take a straw poll of your friends and we guarantee that you will find no consensus. Yet psychologists are unequivocal: joy, sadness, anger, fear, surprise and disgust. These are the Big Six, quite literally, the in-your-face emotions - the ones that everyone the world over exhibits with the same dramatic and characteristic facial expressions. They have been the subjects of intense research for over half a century, not least because of the role they have played in our survival as a species.

Times have changed, though. Our ancestors may have had daily need of fear to flee predators, anger to conquer foes and disgust to avoid diseases, but we live in a more subtle world in which other emotions have come to the fore. There are many contenders. Avarice, embarrassment, boredom, depression, jealousy and love, for example, might epitomise the modern age. Yet some more obscure emotions may be increasingly relevant today. Here we explore five of them, any one of which could make a case to be promoted to a place alongside the Big Six.

Click here to read the rest of the article at the New Scientist.

* Schadenfreude didn't make the list.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

love the calvin & hobbes cartoon!!!
I know every single one of those emotions!!!
Couldn't necessarily come up with a name for each of them, but I know them all the same!