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  • From the central point to other basic emotions there are 8 basic emotion scales.
  • Each emotion is surrounded by near emotions in connection with it by 3 circles.
  • The counter emotion or explanatory emotion is found on the other side of the central point.
  • The basic emotions of this chart are printed in capital letters
  • Emotions that are understood as positive are situated mainly in the upper-right quarter.
  • You can imagine the counter emotion (disappearance of self) for the emotion in the center (peace), if you picture the chart as the shape of a ball.
  • You can find a place for an emotion missing from the chart between the emotions that are closely related to it.
  • Observing your breath helps you to recognize your emotions:

Scales of emotions directing towards admiration, hatred, fear and sadness are based on  inhale.

Scales of emotions directing towards disgust, affection, daring and happiness are mainly based on  exhale.

  • On the edges of the chart choices in life have been listed in brackets.
  • This chart is compiled manually following the principle of self-organizing maps.
  • The scale presenting Christianity and growing in faith goes from phobia to energy.

On this scale you will also find many emotions that are based on wrong assumptions.




  1. Please concentrate first on emotions printed in green.
  2. You will get the basic idea by reading through the 8 basic emotion scales. (The emotion scale of sadness goes from desertion to peace.)
  3. Then you can find the counter emotion pairs of emotions printed in with green font.
  4. Each emotion printed in green is surrounded by 8 near emotions.
  5. The chart will begin to make more sense as you familiarize yourself with it.
  6. For simplicity, all feelings, emotions, moods etc. are named emotions in this tutorial.
  7. When a certain emotion catches your attention:

You can look to see if it is connected to some near emotions or their counter emotions.

You can study its position on the emotional scale.

You might divide the emotion into two parts. ( e.g. affection+disgust=shame)


SDG*chart of emotions has been created to make it easier to recognize emotions and to help artists in describing moods. It has been constructed during a nine-year process, which started from writing an essay called “Faith and Emotions”.  Names for emotions and moods were later collected from different sources to form early emotional charts.  These drafts numbered 100 altogether.  The accuracy of the chart has been tested by comparing it to one’s own experiences and to the ideas found in books, articles, lectures and human relationship programmes on the radio. The aim was to place EVERY emotion on the chart. This wasn’t fully accomplished but other surprising structures were formed in the process.

Variations of this chart may not be produced, but you are welcome to copy and deliver this chart of emotions as a whole for non-commercial purposes or professional therapy. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0