How many different emotions can humans feel?
The idea that emotions are biologically determined and universal to human cultural dates back to Charles Darwin who in 1857 published a book titled The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Years later, an American psychologist, Paul Ekman, found the facial expression of basic emotions to be universal.
Have a look at the facial expressions below. Can you identify the different emotions?
Here you have the descriptions of these six basic emotions. Match them to the facial expressions:
How could we use our knowledge about emotions to guide our thinking and behaviour? This is what has been called Emotional Intelligence:
The Marshmallow Test
How you ever eaten marshmallows?
Could you resist the temptation of eating one?
Let’s see what happened to a group of kids:
Read the article in the link below to find out more about this test
Use the links below to learn some useful expressions when talkimg about emotions:
How to improve your emotional intelligence
Listen to a talk by a university professor about how to improve your emotional intelligence