Basic Positive and Negative Emotions

The following table, based on a wide review of current theories, identifies and contrasts the fundamental emotions according to a set of definite criteria. The three key criteria used include mental experiences that: have a strongly motivating subjective quality like pleasure or pain; are in response to some event or object that is either real or imagined; motivate particular kinds of behavior.
All answers are nouns and various synonyms are acceptable.
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Last updated: January 9, 2023
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Kind of Emotion
Positive Emotions
Negative Emotions
Related to Object Properties
interest / curiosity / enthusiasm
indifference / habituation / boredom
attraction / desire / admiration
aversion / disgust / revulsion
surprise / amusement
alarm / panic
Future Appraisal
hope / excitement
fear / anxiety / dread
gratitude / thankfulness
anger / rage
joy / elation / triumph / jubilation
sorrow / grief
frustration / disappointment
discontentment / restlessness
humility / modesty
avarice / greed / envy / jealousy
Level 76
Oct 6, 2023
this is... a weird one. Maybe it just needs a little better explanation in the description, I dunno.

1) it hasn't been made explicitly clear whether each row is supposed to be direct opposites of each other (most of them line up that way, but thankfulness and rage, patience and frustration don't really)

2) seems to be missing a few emotions. What about confused? Aroused? Confident? Uncertain? Silly? Flustered?

3) how on earth are "charity" and "patience" emotions? Charity is an action, and patience is a quality.

Level 85
Oct 6, 2023
I agree with you that it is a little confusing and whenever I come back to this quiz there are some I can't remember myself. Here is a reference for this information. There are of course other systems of classifying emotions so maybe I should use another one.
Level 76
Oct 6, 2023
Interesting topic for a quiz. I´m a psychologist and I only got 12 right
Level 76
Oct 6, 2023
Cool quiz. Kind of tricky, but most of the ones I missed were like, "oh yeah, makes sense." I think allowing type-ins for "charity" in particular would be nice - I felt clever when I tried "generosity" but it didn't work
Level 85
Oct 6, 2023
Good call...I added some more type-ins.
Level 60
Oct 7, 2023
There were a few that I thought would be on here but weren't, but I'm not familiar with the subject.