Our childhood experiences, especially with our parents, were really important in developing a wide range of emotion words.
We can all still work on expanding the range of emotions we can name. As we do this, we are increasing our emodiversity.
Emodiversity, which includes being able to name both pleasant and unpleasant emotions, is linked to a whole host of wellbeing benefits.
Core affect is our emotional foundation. The next level is the six universal emotions. These can be combined to make at least 17 compound emotions.
Coming up with a definitive list of all the emotions people experience is hard. For example, is love a single emotion? Or should it be broken down into the seven different types of love that the ancient Greeks named?
Two ways to develop your emodiversity are through attentive reading and through writing an emotion diary.