Can you manage your emotions?

The HUMAINE Emotion Annotation and Representation Language (EARL) classifies the following 48 emotions.

Negative and forceful

  • Anger
  • Annoyance
  • Contempt
  • Disgust
  • Irritation
  • Rage

Negative and not in control

  • Anxiety
  • Embarrassment
  • Fear
  • Helplessness
  • Powerlessness
  • Worry
  • Rage

Negative thoughts

  • Doubt
  • Envy
  • Frustration
  • Guilt
  • Shame

Negative and passive

  • Boredom
  • Despair
  • Disappointment
  • Hurt
  • Sadness


  • Stress
  • Shock
  • Tension

Positive and lively

  • Amusement
  • Delight
  • Elation
  • Excitement
  • Happiness
  • Joy
  • Pleasure


  • Affection
  • Empathy
  • Friendliness
  • Love

Positive thoughts

  • Courage
  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Satisfaction
  • Trust

Quiet positive

  • Calm
  • Content
  • Relaxed
  • Relieved
  • Serene


  • Interest
  • Politeness
  • Surprised

When I look at this list, I wonder how it is possible to manage so many emotions. Are we even aware that all of these have potential to effect our mind every waking minute?
Aren’t all of us subject to flipping from one emotion to the next in a matter of a moment?
This is where I think meditation and mindfulness can be so helpful in dealing with this diverse range of emotions.
In meditation, there is space and acceptance. A time when one can assume the role of an observer. And with the awareness gained from meditation, we can bring this wisdom into the daily experience more mindfully and compassionately.

I think that by looking at this list, it is easy to see that we can often feel like a hamster on a wheel. Running briskly from one emotion to the next. Often we use stories to fuel our emotions, and this only leads us further on this wheel going nowhere.

I’m not sure that any of us will ever be without emotions, but with mindfulness we can try to see and accept things as they are. Without the stories, attachments or expectations. This to me, opens up a space that is filled with love. Not the concept of love, or the emotion, but actual love.

May you be well, happy and peaceful.