Emotion wheel - Phil Drinkwater Coach

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Emotion wheel, and "positive" vs. "negative" emotions

When we’re not getting enough of our needs met as much or as often as we’d like, we tend to experience negative emotions. 

For example, if we aren’t feeling secure, and security is important to us, we’ll often experience anxiety. Or, if we aren’t getting enough closeness, we might feel frustrated or resentful, or sad. 

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Emotion wheel

These are the major emotion groups. You can use this wheel to identify how you’re feeling, and what type of emotion that is. 

I use these within business coaching to help business owners understand their unique path to the emotions they would like to experience more of, such as joy, pride and courage, and to understand the challenges that often lead to uncomfortable emotions, such as helplessness, overwhelm and frustration.

Positive and negative emotions (Comfortable and uncomfortable)

Emotions are largely grouped into comfortable and uncomfortable. 

We often choose actions that avoid uncomfortable emotions. We can therefore feel more like a victim and we reduce the options we allow for ourselves.

When our needs are being met, we live more within the green set of emotions, and within life and business, it’s more effective and enjoyable to experience as many green emotions as possible.