A Cool Emotions Infographic | Feelings Not Identified By the English Language

Do you know exactly how you feel at any given moment?  Most people don’t.  Not really.  Most of us use a very limited vocabulary when it comes to naming our emotions. It all boils down to being mad, sad, happy, scared, or jealous, but we experience so many variations of these feelings.

Emotions are like colors in that there are different hues and mixtures of each, which make for an entire emotional “color wheel.”  Are you mad, irritated, or frustrated? Are you happy, thankful, or both?  Are you jealous, or are you envious?  There’s a difference.  The word jealous implies that you wish you had something the other person has while also wishing that person DID NOT have that thing.  The word envious means that you wish you had something another person has while also wishing that the person DID have that thing.

Why would this even matter? The answer is pretty simple. When you accurately name your own emotions, you can think more clearly about the reasons you may feel that way. Having clarity about your own emotional experience will improve your interpersonal insight, too.  If you know exactly how you feel, you will be much more empathic towards how other people feel, too.  It is also quite satisfying to name your emotion accurately, kind of like hitting the bullseye during a game of darts.  If you have children, you will also help your child identify his or her emotions with better accuracy and decrease the frustration that comes along with communicating those feelings.

To make matters more challenging, the English language itself fails to identify some variations on the basic emotions.  In other words, our language doesn’t identify many hues of the emotional color wheel.  Check out this brilliant infographic and the number of emotions that are untranslatable to the English language.  Good stuff.


That’s all for today, folks. Did you know that grass fed meats are better than organic meats? I didn’t until recently. Organic meats could very well be fed organic grains, but that doesn’t make for the best nutrition. These days, I opt for only grass fed for the higher levels of CLA and for the glutathione benefits. Thanks, Whole Foods. Ciao!