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The 36 emotions?

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bsquirrel
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0 posted 01-08-2003 12:04 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

The writer Georges Polti once postulated that there is a sum total of 36, and only 36, dramatic situations upon which all plots are based. They are: (optional reading in this next block of type)

1 Supplication
2 Deliverance
3 Crime Pursued by Vengeance
4 Vengeance Taken for Kindred Upon Kindred
5 Pursuit
6 Disaster
7 Falling Prey to Cruelty or Misfortune
8 Revolt
9 Daring Enterprise
10 Abduction
11 The Enigma
12 Obtaining
13 Enmity of Kinsman
14 Rivalry of Kinsman
15 Murderous Adultery
16 Madness
17 Fatal Imprudence
18 Involuntary Crimes of Love
19 Slaying of a Kinsman Unrecognized
20 Self-Sacrificing for an Ideal
21 Self-Sacrifice for Kindred
22 All Sacrificed for a Passion
23 Necessity of Sacrificing Loved Ones
24 Rivalry of Superior and Inferior
25 Adultery
26 Crimes of Love
27 Discovery of the Dishonor of a Loved One
28 Obstacles to Love
29 An Enemy Loved
30 Ambition
31 Conflict with a God
32 Mistaken Jealousy
33 Erroneous Judgment
34 Remorse
35 Recovery of a Lost One
36 Loss of Loved Ones

However, he also goes on to say that there are only 36 emotions in which human beings feel and express, correlating with the 36 situations. He never attempts to explain what those 36 are.

Maybe if we put our heads together, we can come up with 36? Keep in mind, though that such things as Fear, Terror, Horror, Cowardice and the like are the same thing.

In other words, I'm looking to see if we can come up with 36 different emotions, not 36 thesaurus definitions for the same thing.

And emotions are separate from the physical, so hunger, tiredness, etc. are not really emotions.

Good luck! (hmm, maybe Wariness, Uncertainty is another emotion .. or would that be Fear again?)
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1 posted 01-08-2003 01:22 PM       View Profile for PoetryIsLife   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PoetryIsLife

Interesting. I'll be back.

~Titus

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2 posted 01-08-2003 02:02 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Jealousy

Bitterness


Happiness...Joy.......(and all the others that mean the same thing)


Sadness
Passion.....love...desire......affection, etc.

Nervousness
Boldness
Shyness

(Are any of these the same emotions....I'll think some more)

"Love makes the world go around"
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4 posted 01-08-2003 02:52 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Okay ... so so far we have

1. Fear, Cowardice,
2. Jealousy, Envy
3. Bitterness, Anger
4. Happiness, Joy
5. Sadness
6. Love, Affection, Passion
7. Desire
8. Nervousness, Uncertainty, Wariness
9. Boldness, Confidence
10. Shyness, Awkwardness, Embarrassment

Doin' well! (of course, I'm sure all of these are up for grabs to someone)

And I'll add ...

11. Hate (since it goes so closely with love, and yet is still different)

Hmm... is indifference and apathy an emotion, or a lack of emotion?

[This message has been edited by bsquirrel (01-08-2003 02:53 PM).]

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5 posted 01-08-2003 05:54 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

he obviously wasn't Irish then add soberity and intoxication to the list. LOL

watched from the wings as the scenes were replayed we saw ourselves now as we never have seen" ian curtis

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6 posted 01-08-2003 06:13 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

isn't this a bit like limiting  your vocabulary to 36 words? Without the nuances and each nuance representing a different emotion, just as each shade of blue represents a different mixture of pigments, we are saying then that emotions are black and white in some ways..and that a person might well use jealousy for envy...and mean the same thing. Not to split hairs... but then again without them being split I am not sure I can write or understand the words used to write them...

Love you bud.... and yes I am just a pain sometimes....
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7 posted 01-08-2003 06:37 PM       View Profile for quietlydying   Email quietlydying   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for quietlydying

there's a whole other world beyond sadness.  it is quite possible to feel 'black' or dead inside.  you failed to mention that one.



/jen/

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8 posted 01-08-2003 06:38 PM       View Profile for Wind   Email Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wind

shame

Paranoia

have we said fear and terror?

bordom

solemness

pity, empathy

contempt, hate

Never be normal!

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9 posted 01-08-2003 10:32 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

How about defeat? I think that's an emotion...
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yah! defeat and despair. I'm horrible at this game. lol... I know three emotions: happiness, sadness, and anger. lol.

Kielo

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11 posted 01-08-2003 11:29 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Actually there's only two -- love and betrayal -- all the rest are variations
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Now THERE'S an interesting life.
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13 posted 01-09-2003 01:06 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Themes.... not emotions.. heh
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14 posted 01-09-2003 01:12 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

That makes more sense. Thanks for the smile, LR.
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Pride
Rebellious
Submissive
Maternal (referring to how people often feel a sense of duty to protect/guide family, friends, etc)

Just a few I thought of...


Shiva went on break now look at how much it's gonna take to make this place a space where we can breathe.

[This message has been edited by Jaime (01-14-2003 08:34 PM).]

 
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