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The Plutchik Model of Emotions

Understanding Plutchik's model of emotions is very helpful. As a parent it can prove to be difficult to completely understand your child the majority of the time.

Although they may experience mood swings which will generally be classified as a “stage”, there is a reason as to why they are acting they way that they may be acting. With the careful consideration and study of the Plutchik Model you can understand the feelings that may overwhelm your children or yourself as a parent.


Robert Plutchik’s theory has proven to be one of the most important and influential ways for psychiatrists to analyze emotional patterns. It is also one of the best ways to understand general emotional responses to other feelings.

The eight primary emotions that he chose were: fear, anger, sadness, surprise, disgust, trust, anticipation, and joy. The whole theory behind the Plutchik model is that basic feelings are given to humans from birth.

He states that they are a “biologically primitive” asset and over a specific length of time they have evolved to meet the needs of the individual. In order to prove his point about the primitive nature of the emotions, Plutchik carefully compares every emotion to high survival triggers. As an example, fear brings forth the experience of fight-or-flight.

Although there are basic emotions, there are also secondary motions that are essentially emotions combined together. According to Robert Plutchik, within the Model of Emotions primary emotions have the ability to be experienced in a wide variety of different ways and at different intensity levels.

List of Emotions

The entire list of emotions found within the Plutchik model include: interest, anticipation, vigilance, serenity, joy, ecstasy, acceptance, trust, admiration, apprehension, fear, terror, distraction, surprise, amazement, pensiveness, sadness, grief, loathing, disgust, boredom, rage, anger, annoyance, disapproval, remorse, contempt, awe, submission, optimism, love, and aggressiveness.

With the implementation of the Plutchik model you will not only be able to understand your child’s feelings better but it will also help you to become a more understanding and fantastic parent.

Considering that emotions are one of the most important factors to being a human, having the ability to predict feelings based on responses can prove to be a valuable asset.

Being a parent is an extremely difficult responsibility but with the use of the proper tools you will be able to not only provide a loving and caring environment but you will also be able to help your child through emotional stages.



Plutchik Emotions Model

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