On the rare occasion, I have used a feeling chart in counselling to help me identify how I’m feeling. Originally I thought it was a stupid idea especially when some of the feeling charts show cartoon faces (ok, fine, I guess it can sometimes be fun if the faces are fun, like the Lego one). But, as soon as I gave it a try I experienced great relief in having a more precise word to describe how I was feeling (saying angry or sad really only gets you so far).
I wanted to share with you the feeling wheel. I’m printing one off as we speak so I can use it more frequently.
What I like about these feeling wheels is how they break down each of the basic emotions into it’s diverse and more specific forms. Sometimes when I’m feeling angry it’s because I’m frustrated which then makes me feel irritated. Instead of just saying, “I’m angry,” the two above wheels allow us to get more specific which can help us in figuring out what is causing the feeling and how we can cope with it.
(I am personally using the black and white one; it has more options and I want to colour it!)
Have you ever used a feeling chart/wheel before? Have you found them helpful? Is this something you could use in your daily life?